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Analyzing the Labor Market Activity of Immigrant Families in Germany

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  • Basilio, Leilanie

    ()
    (Ruhr Graduate School in Economics)

  • Bauer, Thomas K.

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    (RWI)

  • Sinning, Mathias

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    (University of Queensland)

Abstract

This paper analyzes whether immigrant families facing credit constraints adopt a family investment strategy wherein, upon arrival, an immigrant spouse invests in host country-specific human capital while the other partner works to finance the family's current consumption. Using data for West Germany, we do not find evidence for such a specialization strategy. We further examine the labor supply and wage assimilation of families whose members immigrated together relative to families whose members immigrated sequentially. Our estimates indicate that this differentiation is relevant for the analysis of the labor market activities of migrant households.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2989.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2009, 16 (5), 510-520
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2989

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Keywords: family investment hypothesis; international migration; assimilation;

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  1. Bredtmann, Julia & Otten, Sebastian, 2013. "The Role of Source- and Host-Country Characteristics in Female Immigrant Labor Supply," MPRA Paper 44544, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Nottmeyer, Olga, 2011. "Couple's Relative Labor Supply in Intermarriage," IZA Discussion Papers 5567, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Seik Kim & Nalina Varanasi, . "Labor Supply of Married Women in Credit-Constrained Households: Theory and Evidence," Working Papers UWEC-2010-01, University of Washington, Department of Economics.
  4. Mathias Sinning, 2011. "Determinants of savings and remittances: empirical evidence from immigrants to Germany," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 9(1), pages 45-67, March.
  5. Zizi GOSCHIN & Monica ROMAN, 2012. "Determinants of the remitting behaviour of Romanian emigrants in an economic crisis context," Eastern Journal of European Studies, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 3, pages 87-103, December.

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