International Migration, Transfers of Norms and Home Country Fertility
Michel A. R. Beine
University of Luxemburg; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); CREAM, Centre for Research on Environmental Appraisal & Management, UK; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
World Bank; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Chile
May 1, 2009
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4925
This paper examines the relationship between international migration and source country fertility. The impact of international migration on source country fertility may have a number of causes, including a transfer of destination countries'fertility norms and an incentive to acquire more education. It provides provide a rigorous test of the diffusion on of fertility norms using original and detailed data on migration. The results provide evidence of a significant transfer of fertility norms from migrants to their country of origin: a one percent decrease in the fertility norm to which migrants are exposed reduces home country fertility by about 0.3 percent for origin countries.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 44
Keywords: Population Policies, Gender and Social Development, Reproductive Health, Human Migrations & Resettlements, Anthropologyworking papers series
Date posted: May 12, 2009
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