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Gender, Source Country Characteristics, and Labor Market Assimilation among Immigrants

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  • Francine D Blau

    (Cornell University, NBER, IZA, and CESifo)

  • Lawrence M Kahn

    (Cornell University, IZA, CESifo, and NCER (Australia))

  • Kerry L Papps

    (University of Oxford and IZA)

Abstract

Using 1980-–2000 Census data to study the impact of source country characteristics on married adult immigrants' labor supply assimilation profiles, we find that immigrant women from countries with high female labor supply persistently work more than those from low-female-supply countries. While both groups of women work less than comparable natives on arrival, women from high-female-participation countries eventually close the gap with natives entirely, and women from low-female-labor supply countries eliminate most of it. Men's labor supply is unaffected by source country female participation, suggesting that the findings on women reflect notions of gender roles. © 2011 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal The Review of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 93 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 43-58

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