Top publication by Jarle Møen

25 April 2018 14:47

Top publication by Jarle Møen

The article "Job Loss and Regional Mobility" has been published in Journal of Labor Economics.

Journal of Labor Economics is on level 4 in the ABS Academic Journal Guide.

Huttunen, Kristiina, Jarle Møen, and Kjell G. Salvanes: Job Loss and Regional Mobility, Journal of Labor Economics, 2018, 36(2), 479-509, Online 06.02.2018.


We study the migration behavior of displaced workers and find that job displacement increases regional mobility. We find, 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.