International Migration, Transfers of Norms and Home Country Fertility

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Michel A. R. Beine

University of Luxemburg; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Frédéric Docquier

Université catholique de Louvain; CREAM, Centre for Research on Environmental Appraisal & Management, UK; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Maurice Schiff

Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Date Written: December 2008

Abstract

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. We provide a rigorous test of the diffusion of fertility norms using original and detailed data on migration. Our results provide evidence of a strong transfer of fertility norms from migrants to their country of origin.

Keywords: international migration, endogenous fertility, human capital, social norms

JEL Classification: J13, J61, O11

Suggested Citation

Beine, Michel A. R. and Docquier, Frédéric and Schiff, Maurice W., International Migration, Transfers of Norms and Home Country Fertility (December 2008). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2512. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1324588

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Maurice W. Schiff

Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

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