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Legal Entitlement and Bargaining Power of Marriage Immigrants in Korea

Dainn Wie () and Hanol Lee ()

No 15-12, GRIPS Discussion Papers from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Abstract: The fraction of marriages between South Korean males and brides from other Asian countries has sharply increased since 1990 reaching around 10% of new marriages in 2005. We employ a large data set collected in 2012 to investigate the impact of citizenship acquisition of these brides on their bargaining power in the household and labor market. We employ propensity score matching using detailed information of brides, their spouses, and households required for nationality application. Our results show that legal entitlement of marriage immigrants raises the chance of being hired as a regular worker and increases decision power in a household. The findings in this paper imply that a legal framework is an important determinant of the bargaining power of immigrants in the labor market and households.

Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2015-08
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