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Family Size, Sibling Rivalry and Migration: Evidence from Mexico

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  • Massimiliano, Bratti
  • Simona, Fiore
  • Mariapia, Mendola

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This paper examines the causal effects of family size and demographic structure on offspring’s international migration. We use rich survey data from Mexico to estimate the impact of sibship size, birth order and sibling composition on teenagers’ and young adults’ migration outcomes. We find no empirical support for the hypothesis that high fertility drives migration. The positive correlation between sibship size and migration disappears when endogeneity of family size is addressed using biological fertility (miscarriages) and infertility shocks. Yet, the chances to migrate are not equally distributed across children within the family. Older siblings, especially firstborn males, are more likely to migrate, while having more sisters than brothers may increase the chances of migration, particularly among girls.

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  • Massimiliano, Bratti & Simona, Fiore & Mariapia, Mendola, 2017. "Family Size, Sibling Rivalry and Migration: Evidence from Mexico," Working Papers 358, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised 06 Jan 2017.
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    Keywords

    International Migration; Mexico; Family Size; Birth Order; Sibling Rivalry;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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