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International Migration, Transfers 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 and an incentive to acquire more education. We provide a rigorous test of the diffusion of fertility norms using original and detailed data on migration. Our results provide evidence of a strong transfer of fertility norms from migrants to their country of origin.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2512.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2512
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