Analyzing the Labor Market Activity of Immigrant Families in Germany

36 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2007

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Leilanie Basilio

Ruhr University of Bochum

Thomas K. Bauer

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen); University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mathias Sinning

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: August 2007

Abstract

This paper analyzes whether immigrant families facing credit constraints adopt a family investment strategy wherein, upon arrival, an immigrant spouse invests in host country-specific human capital while the other partner works to finance the family's current consumption. Using data for West Germany, we do not find evidence for such a specialization strategy. We further examine the labor supply and wage assimilation of families whose members immigrated together relative to families whose members immigrated sequentially. Our estimates indicate that this differentiation is relevant for the analysis of the labor market activities of migrant households.

Keywords: international migration, assimilation, family investment hypothesis

JEL Classification: D10, F22, J22

Suggested Citation

Basilio, Leilanie and Bauer, Thomas K. and Sinning, Mathias, Analyzing the Labor Market Activity of Immigrant Families in Germany (August 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2989, Ruhr Economic Paper No. 24, SOEPpaper, No. 38, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012365

Leilanie Basilio

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