Analyzing the labor market activity of immigrant families in Germany

Basilio, Leilanie, Bauer, Thomas K. and Sinning, Mathias (2009) Analyzing the labor market activity of immigrant families in Germany. Labour Economics, 16 5: 510-520. doi:10.1016/j.labeco.2009.03.002

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Author Basilio, Leilanie
Bauer, Thomas K.
Sinning, Mathias
Title Analyzing the labor market activity of immigrant families in Germany
Journal name Labour Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0927-5371
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.labeco.2009.03.002
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 5
Start page 510
End page 520
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV * North-Holland
Language eng
Subject 2002 Cultural Studies
1407 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Abstract This paper analyzes whether immigrant families facing credit constraints adopt a family investment strategy wherein, upon arrival, an immigrant spouse invests in host country-specific human capital while the other partner works to finance the family's current consumption and the spouse's skills accumulation. Using data for West Germany, we do not find evidence for such a specialization strategy. We further examine the labor supply and wage assimilation of families whose members immigrated together relative to families whose members immigrated sequentially. Our estimates indicate that this differentiation is relevant for the analysis of the labor market activities of migrant households.
Keyword Assimilation
Family investment hypothesis
International migration
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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