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International migration, transfer of norms and home country fertility

  • Michel Beine
  • Frédéric Docquier
  • Maurice Schiff

This paper examines the relationship between international migration and source country fertility. The impact of international migration on source country fertility may have a number of causes, including a transfer of destination countries' fertility norms. We provide a rigorous test of the diffusion of fertility norms using highly detailed original data on migration. Our results provide evidence of a significant transfer of destination countries' fertility norms from migrants to their country of origin: a 1% decrease (increase) in the fertility norm to which migrants are exposed reduces (raises) home country fertility by about 0.3%.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 46 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 1406-1430

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:46:y:2013:i:4:p:1406-1430
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