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The Impact of Low-Skilled Immigration on Female Labour Supply

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  • Emanuele Forlani

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    (Department of Economics and Management, University of Pavia)

  • Elisabetta Lodigiani

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    (Department of Economics, University of Venice Ca' Foscari)

  • Concetta Mendolicchio

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    (Institute for Employment Research, IAB)

Abstract

This paper contributes to the literature on the impact of immigrants on native female labour supply. By segmenting the market by educational levels, we are able to investigate which native-born women are more affected by an increase of low-skilled immigrants working in the household service sector. We present a model of individual choice with home production and, using an harmonized dataset (CNEF), we test its main predictions. Our sample includes countries implementing different family policies. Our results suggest that the share of immigrants working in services in a given local labour market is positively associated with the probability of native-born women to increase their labour supply at the intensive margin (number of hours worked per week), if skilled, and at the extensive margin (participation decision), if unskilled. Moreover, they show that these effects are larger in countries with less family-supportive policies.

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Paper provided by University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management in its series DEM Working Papers Series with number 058.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pav:demwpp:demwp0058

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Keywords: Female labour participation; international migration; family policy;

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  1. Gärtner, Debora & Grimm, Veronika & Lang, Julia & Stephan, Gesine & Daumann, Volker (Mitarb.) & Dony, Elke (Mitarb.) & Knapp, Barbara (Mitarb.) & Strien, Karsten (Mitarb.), 2014. "Kollektive Lohnverhandlungen und der Gender Wage Gap : Befunde aus einer qualitativen Studie," IAB Discussion Paper 201414, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  2. Bauer, Angela & Kruppe, Thomas, 2013. "Policy Styles : zur Genese des Politikstilkonzepts und dessen Einbindung in Evaluationsstudien," IAB Discussion Paper 201322, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].

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