International migration, transfer of norms and home country fertility

Michel Beine*, Frédéric Docquier, Maurice Schiff

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Abstract

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. We provide a rigorous test of the diffusion of fertility norms using highly detailed original data on migration. Our results provide evidence of a significant transfer of destination countries' fertility norms from migrants to their country of origin: a 1% decrease (increase) in the fertility norm to which migrants are exposed reduces (raises) home country fertility by about 0.3%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1406-1430
Number of pages25
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

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