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Low Skilled Immigration and Work-Fertility Tradeoffs Among High Skilled US Natives

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  • Delia Furtado
  • Heinrich Hock

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This article examines the impact of low skilled immigration on the childbearing and labor supply decisions of high-education female natives of the United States. The authors find that an influx of low skilled immigrants to a city attenuates the negative relationship between female labor force participation (LFP) and fertility, leading to an increase in the proportion of women that both work and have a young child in the home. The authors argue that the smaller LFP-fertility tradeoff attributable to immigrant workers arises due to reductions in cost of childrearing. Whereas most immigration research focuses on the reduced employment prospects of natives, this paper considers the potential benefits of immigration to high skilled native women.

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Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 6671.

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Date of creation: 30 May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:6671

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Keywords: Immigration; Working Parents; Chidbearing; Labor;

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  1. Card, David, 2001. "Immigrant Inflows, Native Outflows, and the Local Labor Market Impacts of Higher Immigration," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 19(1), pages 22-64, January.
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  1. Halldén, Karin & Stenberg, Anders, 2013. "The Relationship between Hours of Domestic Services and Female Earnings: Panel Register Data Evidence from a Reform," Working Paper Series 4/2013, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
  2. Hosny Zoabi & Moshe Hazan, 2012. "Do Highly Educated Women Choose Smaller Families?," 2012 Meeting Papers 276, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  3. Emanuele Forlani & Elisabetta Lodigiani & Concetta Mendolicchio, 2013. "The Impact of Low-Skilled Immigration on Female Labour Supply," DEM Working Papers Series 058, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management.
  4. Guglielmo Barone & Sauro Mocetti, 2010. "With a little help from abroad: the effect of low-skilled immigration on the female labor supply," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 766, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  5. Qingyan Shang & Bruce Weinberg, 2013. "Opting for families: recent trends in the fertility of highly educated women," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 26(1), pages 5-32, January.
  6. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Almudena Sevilla-Sanz, 2013. "Low-skilled Immigration and Parenting Investments of College-educated Mothers in the United States: Evidence from Time-use Data," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1316, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  7. Gurgen Aslanyan, 2012. "Immigration Control & Long-Run Population Welfare," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp453, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.
  8. Duncan, Brian & Trejo, Stephen, 2011. "Low-Skilled Immigrants and the U.S. Labor Market," IZA Discussion Papers 5964, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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