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The impact of origin region and internal migration on Italian fertility

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  • Giuseppe Gabrielli

    (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

  • Anna Paterno

    (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro)

  • Michael J. White

    (Brown University)

Abstract

We examine the impact of population distribution on fertility in a nationally representative sample. We exploit detailed life-history data to conduct an event-history analysis of transition to first birth, examining mechanisms that might link migration and fertility: socialization, adaptation, selection, and disruption. Our multivariate analysis examines various socio-demographic traits, the place of birth, and interregional migration. Differences by region and migration stream are partly explained by compositional factors, such as female employment, union type, and education. The analysis presents much evidence for demographic selection and socialization and less for adaptation or disruption. The persistence of the region of origin differentials points to the continuing importance of the context.

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  • Giuseppe Gabrielli & Anna Paterno & Michael J. White, 2007. "The impact of origin region and internal migration on Italian fertility," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 17(24), pages 705-740, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:17:y:2007:i:24
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    1. Francesco C. Billari & Hans-Peter Kohler, 2002. "Patterns of lowest-low fertility in Europe," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2002-040, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
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    1. Anja Vatterrott, 2015. "Socialisation or Institutional Context: What Determines the First and Second Birth Behaviour of East–West German Migrants?," European Journal of Population, Springer;European Association for Population Studies, vol. 31(4), pages 383-415, October.
    2. Hill Kulu & Nadja Milewski, 2007. "Family change and migration in the life course," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 17(19), pages 567-590, December.
    3. Carmen Aina & Giorgia Casalone & Paolo Ghinetti, 2008. "Internal Geographical Mobility And Educational Outcomes. An Analysis For An Italian Province," Working Papers 120, SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont.

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    Keywords

    adaptation; event history analysis; fertility; international migration; selection;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General

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