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Job and residential mobility in the Netherlands: the influence of human capital, household composition and location

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  • J62 - Job
  • Occupational
  • And Intergenerational Mobility
  • J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility
  • Immigrant Workers
  • J24 - Human Capital
  • Skills
  • Occupational Choice
  • Labor Productivity
  • R23 - Regional Migration
  • Regional Labor Markets
  • Population
  • Neighborhood Characteristics


This study identifies and evaluates determinants of employees’ job and residential mobility. It examines mobility of fulltime employees in selected sectors in 2003/2004, using register data provided by Statistics Netherlands. We estimate a multinomial model of job and residential change. The results illustrate that individuals decide upon changing jobs and/or relocating by taking into account the strength of their family- and job-related ties. We also find that the prevalence of internal versus external career opportunities impedes job changes. While a high salary facilitates relocation, our findings regarding the effect of salary on interfirm mobility were inconclusive. A long commuting distance encourages (simultaneous) job and housing mobility, while being situated in the municipality of a large city encourages employees to either change jobs, or to relocate.

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