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Migrant Women on the Labour Market: On the Role of Home- and Host-Country Participation

  • Kok, Suzanne

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Bosch, Nicole

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Deelen, Anja

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Euwals, Rob

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    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

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    The behaviour of migrant women on the labour market is influenced by a variety of factors, among which the culture of the home and host country. Part of the literature investigates the role of home-country culture. This study extends the literature by including a measure for the influence of host-country culture as an additional determinant of the participation of migrant women. The empirical model explains participation from demographics and educational attainment, and uses home- and host-country female participation as proxies for culture. Evidence on the basis of the Dutch Labour Force Survey 1996-2007 suggests that both differences in home-country female participation and the trend in native female participation, as a measure for host-country culture, affect the participation of migrant women. The results suggest that host-country participation is at least as important as home-country participation.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5817
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    1. Fernández, Raquel & Fogli, Alessandra, 2005. "Culture: An Empirical Investigation of Beliefs, Work and Fertility," CEPR Discussion Papers 5089, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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