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Immigrants and Demography: Marriage, Divorce, and Fertility

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  • Alicia Adserà

    (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs & Office of Population Research, Princeton University)

  • Ana Ferrer

    (Department of Economics, University of Waterloo)

This is a draft chapter for B. R. Chiswick and P. W. Miller (eds.) Handbook on the Economics of International Migration. It discusses some of the data and methodological challenges to estimating trends in family formation and union dissolution as well as fertility among immigrants, and examines the evidence collected from the main studies in the area. The literature on immigrant family formation is diverse but perhaps the key findings highlighted in this chapter are that outcomes depend greatly on the age at migration and on the cultural norms immigrants bring with them and their distance to those of the host country. With regard to marriage we focus on the determinants of intermarriage, the stability of these unions, and the timing of union formation. The last section of the chapter reviews, among other things, a set of mechanisms that may explain the fertility behavior of first generation immigrants; namely, selection, disruption and adaptation. The section ends with a focus on the second generation.

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Paper provided by University of Waterloo, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1401.

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Length: 74 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
Date of revision: Jan 2014
Handle: RePEc:wat:wpaper:1401
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