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Low-skilled Immigration and Parenting Investments of College-educated Mothers in the United States: Evidence from Time-use Data

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  • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

    (San Diego State University)

  • Almudena Sevilla-Sanz

    (University of Oxford)

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This paper uses several decades of US time-diary surveys to assess the impact of low-skilled immigration, through lower prices for commercial child care, on parental time investments. Using an instrumental variables approach that accounts for the endogenous location of immigrants, we find that low-skilled immigration to the United States has contributed to substantial reductions in the time allocated to basic child care by college-educated mothers of non-school age children. However, these mothers have not reduced the time allocated to more stimulating educational and recreational activities with their children. Understanding the factors driving parental time investments on children is crucial from a child development perspective.

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  • 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.
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    Keywords

    Parental Time Investment; Immigration; Education Gradient; Time Use.;
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    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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