Moving and union dissolution

Paul J. Boyle, Hill Kulu, Thomas Cooke, Vernon Gayle, Clara H. Mulder

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the effect of migration and residential mobility on union dissolution among married and cohabiting couples. Moving is a stressful life event, and a large, multidisciplinary literature has shown that family migration often benefits one partner (usually the man) more than the other. Even so, no study to date has examined the possible impact of within-nation geographical mobility on union dissolution. We base our longitudinal analysis on retrospective event-history data from Austria. Our results show that couples who move frequently have a significantly higher risk of union dissolution, and we suggest a variety of mechanisms that may explain this.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)209-222
    Number of pages14
    JournalDemography
    Volume45
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

    Keywords

    • RESIDENTIAL-MOBILITY
    • MARITAL DISRUPTION
    • FAMILY MIGRATION
    • PREMARITAL COHABITATION
    • DIVORCE RATES
    • MARRIED-WOMEN
    • UNITED-STATES
    • LABOR-MARKET
    • STABILITY
    • ADJUSTMENT

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