Family Size, Sibling Rivalry and Migration: Evidence from Mexico

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Massimiliano Bratti

Università degli Studi di Milano - DEAS; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Simona Fiore

University of Bologna

Mariapia Mendola

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for European Studies (CefES)

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Date Written: December 21, 2016

Abstract

This paper examines the causal effects of family size and demographic structure on offspring’s international migration. We use rich survey data from Mexico to estimate the impact of sibship size, birth order and sibling composition on teenagers’ and young adults’ migration outcomes. We find no empirical support for the hypothesis that high fertility drives migration. The positive correlation between sibship size and migration disappears when endogeneity of family size is addressed using biological fertility (miscarriages) and infertility shocks. Yet, the chances to migrate are not equally distributed across children within the family. Older siblings, especially firstborn males, are more likely to migrate, while having more sisters than brothers may increase the chances of migration, particularly among girls.

Keywords: International Migration, Mexico, Family Size, Birth Order, Sibling Rivalry

JEL Classification: J13, F22, O15

Suggested Citation

Bratti, Massimiliano and Fiore, Simona and Mendola, Mariapia, Family Size, Sibling Rivalry and Migration: Evidence from Mexico (December 21, 2016). University of Milan Bicocca Department of Economics, Management and Statistics Working Paper No. 358. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2895274 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2895274

Massimiliano Bratti

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