On the move: Determinants of job and residential mobility in different sectors

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Abstract

This study identifies and evaluates determinants of employees' job and residential mobility. It examines the mobility of full-time employees in selected sectors in 2003/04, using register data for the Netherlands. A multinomial model of job and residential change is estimated. The results illustrate how individuals decide upon changing jobs and/or relocating by taking into account the strength of family- and job-related ties, career opportunities within and outside the firm, and attachment to the present dwelling. A long commuting distance was found to encourage both job and housing mobility, often simultaneously. Employees living/working in large cities are prone to change jobs, or to relocate. The influence of human capital indicators on mobility was found to be highly sector-dependent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3679-3698
Number of pages20
JournalUrban Studies
Volume49
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • FAMILY MIGRATION
  • HOUSING MARKETS
  • SEARCH
  • SIZE
  • INVESTMENT
  • CHOICE

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