publication . Preprint . Report . 2002

The Role of the Family in Immigrants' Labor-Market Activity: Evidence from the United States

Francine Blau; Lawrence Kahn; Joan Moriarty; Andre Portela Souza;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jul 2002
We use Census of Population microdata for 1980 and 1990 to examine the labor supply and wages of immigrant husbands and wives in the United States in a family context. Earlier research by Baker and Benjamin (1997) posits a family investment model in which, upon arrival, immigrant husbands invest in their human capital while immigrant wives work to provide the family with liquidity during this period. Consistent with this model, they find for Canada that immigrant wives work longer hours upon arrival than comparable natives, but, with time in Canada, they are eventually overtaken by native wives. In contrast, we find that, among immigrants to the United States, b...
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