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Gender Differences in Residential Mobility: The Case of Leaving Home in East Germany

Geissler, Ferdinand | Leopold, Thomas | Pink, Sebastian

Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, Vol. 133 (2013), Iss. 2: pp. 239–248

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Ferdinand Geissler, University of Bamberg, Feldkirchenstr. 21, 96045 Bamberg, Germany.

Thomas Leopold, University of Bamberg, Feldkirchenstr. 21, 96045 Bamberg, Germany.

Sebastian Pink, Universität Mannheim, Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) & Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES), A5,6, 68159 Mannheim, Germany.

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This study uses geo-coded data from 11 waves (2000 – 2010) of the SOEP to investigate gender differences in the spatial mobility of N = 2,072 young adults initially leaving their parental home. In West Germany, we find no gender differences in moving distances. In East Germany, young women are considerably more mobile than men. Almost 30% of East German women move across 100 km or more, compared to only 18% of East German men. The multivariate models reveal that these differences are not explained by the gender gap in education. Instead, they are attributable to East German women's higher propensity of moving to West Germany.

JEL Classification: C23, J61, R23