Keywords: Relocation, domestic migration
Abstract: Most prime-age married couples in the U.S. today have two labor force participants.
Migration decisions are more complicated for two-earner couples than for one-earner
couples because any gain from moving that accrues to one spouse must be great enough
to offset any loss to the other spouse. This paper estimates the extent to which
internal migration is depressed by rising earnings equality among spouses.
The results indicate that couples' migration propensities are substantially lower the
more equal spouses' labor incomes.
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