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The Role of the Family in Immigrants' Labor-Market Activity: An Evaluation of Alternative Explanations

Michael Baker and Dwayne Benjamin
The American Economic Review
Vol. 87, No. 4 (Sep., 1997), pp. 705-727
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2951370
Page Count: 23
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The Role of the Family in Immigrants' Labor-Market Activity: An Evaluation of Alternative Explanations
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Abstract

We evaluate some explanations of immigrants' family labor-supply behavior. Upon arrival, immigrant husbands work less than natives, but immigrant wives work more. A conventional labor-supply model uses wage assimilation to explain these differences but is not supported by the data. More favorable results are obtained for the "family investment model," in which wives in immigrant families take on "dead-end" jobs to finance their husbands' investments in human capital. We conclude that family composition is an important correlate of immigrants' assimilation, and the family investment model can account for many of the patterns in the data.

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