The Fertility of Recent Immigrants to Canada

37 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2013

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Alícia Adserà

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Princeton University - Office of Population Research (OPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ana M. Ferrer

University of Calgary - Department of Economics

Abstract

In this paper we examine the fertility experience of immigrants during their first years in Canada. Fertility decisions at the time of arrival may be crucial in determining immigrants' economic assimilation into the new country, as households with infants usually face large expenses and are constrained in the amount of time they can supply to the labour market. Using the confidential files of the Canadian Census of Population for the years 1991 through 2006 we look at native born-immigrant differentials in new births up to five years after migration. We find evidence of a relatively rapid growth in births during this initial period compared to both similar natives and migrants themselves during the two years before the move. To what extent the presence of infants in immigrant households converges to the levels of the native-born during the early migration years differs greatly by broad area of origin.

Keywords: immigrant fertility, fertility disruption, recent immigrants, Canada

JEL Classification: J11, J13, J15

Suggested Citation

Adsera, Alicia and Ferrer, Ana M., The Fertility of Recent Immigrants to Canada. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7289. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2238322

Alicia Adsera (Contact Author)

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544

Princeton University - Office of Population Research (OPR) ( email )

200 Wallace Hall
NJ 08544
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Ana M. Ferrer

University of Calgary - Department of Economics ( email )

Calgary, Alberta
Canada

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