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Married immigrant women and employment.The role of family investments

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  • Rashid, Saman

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

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This study examines whether the transition probability from employment to non-employment among married immigrant women is consistent with the Family Investment Hypothesis (FIH). A dynamic random effects model is used and the estimations are based on a longitudinal database covering the period 1990-1996. The results indicate that the relationship between the transition probability from employment to non-employment and the family’s time of residence in Sweden, considered here as an indication of the husband’s need for host country-specific human capital, does not seem to be consistent with the interpretation of the FIH. Further, when immigrant women married to native-born Swedes are used as a comparison group, the corresponding relationship is similar despite the fact that this group should not need to apply family investment strategy.

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Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 623.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0623

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Keywords: Immigrant women; family investment; international migration;

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