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Chapter 6 Families and Careers

Frontiers of Family Economics

ISBN: 978-0-444-53263-3, eISBN: 978-1-84950-542-0

Publication date: 14 July 2008


We study trends in occupational and geographic mobility of single and married men and women in the United States over the last 40 years. We find that while occupational mobility has increased for almost all subgroups of males, most of the increase was accounted for by a sharp increase in the mobility of singles. Similarly, the rates of geographic mobility were virtually identical for single and married workers in the early 1970s, but diverged since then – the increase in the geographic mobility of single men was more pronounced than the increase for married men. We discuss several theories of worker mobility in light of these trends and suggest that the increased labor force attachment of women might have played a prominent role in driving these changes.


Kambourov, G., Manovskii, I. and Telyukova, I.A. (2008), "Chapter 6 Families and Careers", Rupert, P. (Ed.) Frontiers of Family Economics (Frontiers of Family Economics, Vol. 1), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 231-270.



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