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Happily Ever After: Immigration, Natives' Marriage and Fertility

Michela Carlana () and Marco Tabellini

No 14316, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: We study the effects of immigration on natives' marriage, fertility, and family formation across US cities between 1910 and 1930 using a shift-share design. We find that natives living in cities that received more immigrants were more likely to marry, have kids, and leave the parental house earlier. Our evidence suggests that the positive impact of immigration on native men's employment, which increased the supply of native "marriageable men'', contributed to generate these patterns. Instead, alternative channels - changes in sex ratios, natives' cultural reactions, and economic competition for native women - are unlikely to, alone, explain our results.

JEL-codes: J12 J13 J61 N32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-01
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