Migration, Marriage and Social Mobility: Women in Sweden 1880-1900

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We study the intergenerational social mobility of women by looking at how migration was associated with socioeconomic marriage mobility using complete-count census data for Sweden. The censuses 1880–1900 have been linked at the individual level, enabling us to follow almost 100,000 women from their parental home to their new marital household. Marriage market imbalances were not an important push factor for migration but we find a strong association between migration distance and marriage outcomes, both in terms of overall marriage probabilities and in terms of partner selection by SES. These results highlight the importance of migration for women's intergenerational social mobility during industrialization.


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  • University of Bologna
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  • Economic History
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93
Number of pages111
JournalExplorations in Economic History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch

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