Some Evidence that Women are More Mobile than Men: Gender Differences in U.K. Graduate Migration Behavior

23 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2007

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Alessandra Faggian

University of Reading - Department of Economics

Philip McCann

University of Reading - Department of Economics

Stephen C. Sheppard

Williams College

Abstract

In this paper we employ dichotomous, multinomial and conditional logit models to analyze the employment-migration behavior of some 380,000 U.K. university graduates. By controlling for a range of variables related to human capital acquisition and local economic conditions, we are able to distinguish between different types of sequential migration behavior from domicile to higher education and on to employment. Our findings indicate that U.K. female graduates are generally more migratory than male graduates. We suggest that the explanation for this result lies in the fact that migration can be used as a partial compensation mechanism for gender bias in the labor market.

Suggested Citation

Faggian, Alessandra and McCann, Philip and Sheppard, Stephen C., Some Evidence that Women are More Mobile than Men: Gender Differences in U.K. Graduate Migration Behavior. Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 517-539, August 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=997443 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2007.00518.x

Alessandra Faggian (Contact Author)

University of Reading - Department of Economics ( email )

Reading, RG6 6AA
United Kingdom

Philip McCann

University of Reading - Department of Economics ( email )

Reading, RG6 6AA
United Kingdom
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Stephen C. Sheppard

Williams College ( email )

Williamstown, MA 01267
United States

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