Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: Women in ‘geographically clustered’ jobs more likely to divorce

Moving houseSo families are more willing to move for his job, but not hers. A few months ago we highlighted this trend based on evidence that men are more likely to pick jobs that are ‘geographically clustered’ – that is there are fewer places where they can work; a common issue for engineers and oil and gas professionals. But what happens to families who move for her job?

Well it seems it’s a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Alan Benson’s research in the journal Industrial Relations finds that women who move for a spouse’s career and those to who move to advance their own careers are more likely to divorce than women who are in ‘geographically dispersed’ jobs – such as teaching, management, and healthcare.

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