International Migration, Transfers of Norms and Home Country Fertility
40 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2009
Date Written: December 2008
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
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