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Migrant Women on the Labour Market: On the Role of Home- and Host-Country Participation

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  • Kok, Suzanne

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Bosch, Nicole

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Deelen, Anja

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Euwals, Rob

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

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    Abstract

    The behaviour of migrant women on the labour market is influenced by a variety of factors, among which the culture of the home and host country. Part of the literature investigates the role of home-country culture. This study extends the literature by including a measure for the influence of host-country culture as an additional determinant of the participation of migrant women. The empirical model explains participation from demographics and educational attainment, and uses home- and host-country female participation as proxies for culture. Evidence on the basis of the Dutch Labour Force Survey 1996-2007 suggests that both differences in home-country female participation and the trend in native female participation, as a measure for host-country culture, affect the participation of migrant women. The results suggest that host-country participation is at least as important as home-country participation.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5817.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5817

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    Keywords: female labour force participation; immigration; cultural transmission;

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    1. Anneke Kosse & David-Jan Jansen, 2011. "Choosing how to pay: the influence of home country habits," DNB Working Papers 328, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.

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