The Effects of Immigration on Household Services, Labour Supply and Fertility

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Agnese Romiti

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Date Written: August 2018

Abstract

Fertility and female labour force participation are no longer negatively correlated in developed countries. At the same time, increased immigration affects supply and prices of household services, which are relevant to fertility and employment decisions. This paper analyses the effect of immigration on labour supply and fertility of native women in the UK. Adopting an instrumental variable approach, I find that immigration increases female labour supply without affecting fertility. My results show that immigration increases the size of the childcare sector, and reduces its prices, suggesting that immigrants may ease the trade‐off between working and child rearing among native women.

Suggested Citation

Romiti, Agnese, The Effects of Immigration on Household Services, Labour Supply and Fertility (August 2018). Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 80, Issue 4, pp. 843-869, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3206998 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/obes.12225

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