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dc.contributor.authorRainer, Helmuten_US
dc.contributor.authorSiedler, Thomasen_US
dc.description.abstractIn most industrialized countries, more people than ever are having to cope with the burden of caring for elderly parents. This paper formulates a model to explain how parental care responsibilities and family structure interact children's mobility characteristics. A key insight we obtain is that the mobility of young adults crucially depends on the presence of a sibling. Our explanation is mainly, but not exclusively, based on a sibling power effect. Siblings compete in location and employment decisions so as to direct parental care decisions at later stages towards their preferred outcome. Only children are not exposed to this kind of competition. This causes an equilibrium in which siblings not only exhibit higher mobility than only children, but also have better labor market outcomes. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) and from the American National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), we find strong evidence that confirms these patterns. The implications of our results are then discussed in the context of current population trends in Europe and the United States.en_US
dc.publisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 1842en_US
dc.subject.keywordgeographic mobilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordintergenerational relationshipsen_US
dc.subject.keywordcare of the elderlyen_US
dc.subject.keywordfamily bargainingen_US
dc.subject.stwJunge Arbeitskräfteen_US
dc.titleO brother, where art thou? The effects of having a sibling on geographic mobility and labor market outcomesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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