Citizenship, Fertility and Parental Investment
Irma Clots-Figueras () and
CSEF Working Papers from Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy
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, following the introduction of the new German nationality law 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 outcomes for the children affected by the reform.
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Published in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2014, 6(4), 35-65
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