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Gender, Source Country Characteristics, and Labor Market Assimilation among Immigrants

Lawrence M. Kahn and Kerry L. Papps

in Gender, Inequality, and Wages

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199665853
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745805 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665853.003.0017

Series: IZA Prize in Labor Economics

Gender, Source Country Characteristics, and Labor Market Assimilation among Immigrants

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Using 1980–2000 Census data to study the impact of source country characteristics on married adult immigrants' labour supply assimilation profiles, this chapter shows that immigrant women from countries with high female labour supply persistently work more than those from low female supply countries. While both groups of women work less than comparable natives on arrival, women from high female participation countries eventually close the gap with natives entirely, and women from low female labour supply countries eliminate most of it. Men's labour supply is unaffected by source country female participation, suggesting that the findings on women reflect notions of gender roles.

Keywords: female labour supply; immigrants; female participation; gender roles

Chapter.  12164 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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