Fertility and Economic Growth: Do Immigrant Maids Play a Role?

13 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2003

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Sucharita Ghosh

The University of Akron

Donald D. Lien

University of Texas at San Antonio - College of Business - Department of Economics

Abstract

A significant source of child-care services in East and South-East Asia are provided by immigrant maids. Using a modified version of the model used in Galor and Weil (1996), the present paper analyses the impact of this source of child-care services on women's labor market participation, fertility behavior and the household purchase of child-care services. The results show that a lower price for the maid service leads to a lower savings rate, a higher demand for children and less time being spent with children. We also find that hiring immigrant maids leads to lower economic growth in the long run.

Suggested Citation

Ghosh, Sucharita and Lien, Donald, Fertility and Economic Growth: Do Immigrant Maids Play a Role?. Pacific Economic Review, Vol. 7, pp. 245-257, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=316222

Sucharita Ghosh (Contact Author)

The University of Akron ( email )

Department of Economics
Akron, OH 44325-1908
United States

Donald Lien

University of Texas at San Antonio - College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

6900 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, TX 78249
United States
210-458-4313 (Phone)
210-458-4308 (Fax)

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