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The Fertility of Second-Generation Political Immigrants in Taiwan

Wen-Jen Tsay ()

No 07-A004, IEAS Working Paper : academic research from Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Abstract: In contrast to the results in Mayer and Riphahn (2000) where no distinction is made between the causes of economic as well as political immigrants, this paper shows that compared to native Taiwanese, the parental refugee experience results in a lower completed fertility of the children’s family partly through inducing a higher female labor force participation (FLFP) of the second-generation immigrant family. In addition, the likelihood of a wife participating in the market sector increases with the number of political immigrant parents and in-laws, supporting the psychological conjecture generated from Borjas (1982) and Brenner and Kiefer (1981) in which completed fertility falls with the refugee experience shared with a couple’s parents and in-laws. A positive policy toward admitting more refugees is also considered.

Keywords: Second-generation political immigrants; fertility; refugee (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2007-04
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