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Citizenship, fertility, and parental investments

Avitabile, C, Clots-Figueras, I and Masella, P (2014) Citizenship, fertility, and parental investments American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6 (4). pp. 35-65.

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Citizenship rights are associated with better economic opportunities for immigrants. This paper studies how in a country with a large fraction of temporary migrants the fertility decisions of foreign citizens respond to a change in the rules that regulate child legal status at birth. The introduction of birthright citizenship in Germany in 2000, represented a positive shock to the returns to investment in child human capital. Consistent with Becker's "quality-quantity" model of fertility, we find that birthright citizenship leads to a reduction in immigrant fertility and an improvement in health and socio-emotional outcomes for the children affected by the reform.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Economics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
Avitabile, C
Clots-Figueras, I
Masella, P
Date : 1 January 2014
DOI : 10.1257/app.6.4.35
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2014 American Economic Association. Reproduced with permission of the publisher.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 Jul 2016 15:42
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:28

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