Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 157–175 | Cite as

Determinants of family migration: short moves vs. long moves

  • Satu Nivalainen


This paper examines factors underlying family migration. Based on a sample of stable Finnish families, both short- and long-distance migration is investigated. The empirical analysis carried out using multinomial logit modelling shows a strong negative association between the family life-cycle and migration. The findings indicate that migration takes place mainly due to the demands of the husband’s career, resulting in the wives being tied migrants. Two-earner families are less migratory, and in that sense the husbands are tied stayers. Distance matters; several differences are noticed between short- and long-distance migrants.

JEL classification

C31 J61 R23 

Key words

Family migration ties distance 


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© Springer-Verlag 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pellervo Economic Research Institute (PTT)HelsinkiFinland

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