Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 205–213 | Cite as

The migrant wife: The worst of all worlds

  • Lorna R. Marsden
  • Lorne J. Tepperman


This study reanalyses data on migrants to Alberta, collected by Statistics Canada in a 1980 Labour Force Survey. The findings indicate that migrant men are gainers and migrant women, particularly migrant wives are the losers from such movement, even during a period of relative economic prosperity in the Province. Women's occupational status tends to improve with time spent in the new labour force. However there is a failure to return to occupational statuses enjoyed before the move. This means, first, that male and female workers are more sex-differentiated after the move than before it; second, that migrant women, especially wives, enjoy fewer occupational returns on their educational investment than migrant men; third, that the balance of economic contribution, and possibly therefore influence, within a migrant household is shifted towards greater male dominance by the move.

It is to be emphasized that each of these findings is to be regarded as tentative pending the completion of further analyses on this and three related data sets. In particular the analysis of household level data will be critical in assessing any hypotheses about family power before and after the move.


Labour Force Occupational Status Related Data Household Level Female Worker 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorna R. Marsden
    • 1
  • Lorne J. Tepperman
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of SociologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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