Cultural Values and Decision to Work of Immigrant Women in Italy

23 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2019

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Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Manuela Stranges

Università degli Studi della Calabria

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Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

We investigate the role of culture in explaining economic outcomes at individual level analyzing how cultural values from the home country affect the decision to work of immigrants in Italy. Following the ‘epidemiological approach’, we relate the probability of being in the labor force in Italy for immigrant women with the female labor force participation (LFP) in their country of origin, taken as a proxy of cultural heritage and gender role model, finding a strong positive impact. We show that this relationship cannot be attributed to human capital quality or discrimination and it is stronger for immigrants that maintained more intense ties with their origin countries.

Suggested Citation

Scoppa, Vincenzo and Stranges, Manuela, Cultural Values and Decision to Work of Immigrant Women in Italy (March 2019). LABOUR, Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp. 101-123, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3331240 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/labr.12141

Vincenzo Scoppa (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

Manuela Stranges

Università degli Studi della Calabria ( email )

Ponte Bucci, Cubo 3C
Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

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