Does migration empower married women?
Chen, Natalie, Conconi, Paola and Perroni, Carlo (2007) Does migration empower married women? Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick, Department of Economics. Warwick economic research papers (No.812).
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Household migration can affect labor market opportunities differently for the two spouses, both because of gender-specific differences between the skills of migrants and the skills that are in demand in the host country, and because of differences in the extent of gender-based labor market discrimination between the country of origin and the host country. Standard bargaining theory suggests that, if household migration leads to a comparative improvement in labor market opportunities for married women, it should be beneficial to them. We show that, if renegotiation possibilities for migrant women are limited, the opposite may be true, particularly if women are specialized in household activities and the labor market allows more flexibility in their labor supply choices. Evidence from the German Socio-Economic Panel indeed shows that, holding everything else constant, improvements in relative wages for migrant women do not translate into better outcomes for them.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung. Projektgruppe "Das Sozio-ökonomische Panel", Women -- Social conditions, Marriage -- Economic aspects -- Germany, Labor market -- Germany, Germany -- Emigration and immigration -- Economic aspects|
|Series Name:||Warwick economic research papers|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick, Department of Economics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Official Date:||August 2007|
|Number of Pages:||40|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
|Grant number:||RES-000-22-1367 (ESRC)|
Basu, K. (2004). “Gender and Say: A Model of Household Behavior with Endogenously determined Balance of Power,” Harvard Institute of Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 2054.
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