Are there Gender-specific Preferences for Location Factors? A Grouped Conditional Logit-model of Interregional Migration Flows in Germany

The article analyses the question of whether women and men differ in their tastes for location factors. The question is answered by quantifying the impact of location characteristics on interregional migration flows across Germany. The analysis is based on a grouped conditional logit approach. We augment the framework by controlling for violation of the independence of irrelevant alternatives assumption and for overdispersion. As a result we find no differences in terms of direction of impact; however, the regressions confirm gender differences, mostly in terms of intensity, regarding regional wage levels and the availability of educational institutions. Moreover, even after controlling for place attributes women seem to be more migratory than men.

15. April 2010

Authors Lutz Schneider Alexander Kubis

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