Low-Skilled Immigration and Parenting Investments of College-Educated Mothers in the United States: Evidence from Time-Use Data

37 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2013

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Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

San Diego State University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Almudena Sevilla Sanz

University of Oxford

Abstract

This paper uses several decades of US time-diary surveys to assess the impact of low-skilled immigration, through lower prices for commercial child care, on parental time investments. Using an instrumental variables approach that accounts for the endogenous location of immigrants, we find that low-skilled immigration to the United States has contributed to substantial reductions in the time allocated to basic child care by college-educated mothers of non-school age children. However, these mothers have not reduced the time allocated to more stimulating educational and recreational activities with their children. Understanding the factors driving parental time investments on children is crucial from a child development perspective.

Keywords: migration, time use, mother

JEL Classification: J01, J13, J61

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and Sevilla Sanz, Almudena, Low-Skilled Immigration and Parenting Investments of College-Educated Mothers in the United States: Evidence from Time-Use Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7501. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2314795

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Almudena Sevilla Sanz

University of Oxford ( email )

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Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

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