Job loss and regional mobility

Kristiina Huttunen, Jarle Møen, Kjell G. Salvanes

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We study the migration behavior of displaced workers and find that job displacement increases regional mobility. Wefind, however, that noneconomic factors, such as family ties, are very important for the migration decision and that there is strong heterogeneity in outcomes. We find large income losses for workers who move to regions where they have family or to rural areas, while, for example, rural to urban movers realize a significant long-term earnings increase. We also find that life events related to fertility, divorce, and new relationships correlate with mobility after job loss and may partly explain the large income losses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-509
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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