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International Migration, Transfers of Norms and Home Country Fertility

  • Beine, Michel

    ()

    (University of Luxembourg)

  • Docquier, Frédéric

    ()

    (Université catholique de Louvain)

  • Schiff, Maurice

    ()

    (World Bank)

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 Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3912.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Publication status: published in: Canadian Journal of Economics, 2013, 46 (4)
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3912
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