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dc.contributor.authorHamermesh, Daniel S.en_US
dc.contributor.authorTrejo, Stephen J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-25en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-23T09:35:37Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-23T09:35:37Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/36915-
dc.description.abstractUsing 2004-2008 data from the American Time Use Survey, we show that sharp differences between the time use of immigrants and natives become noticeable when activities are distinguished by incidence and intensity. We develop a theory of the process of assimilation - what immigrants do with their time - based on the notion that assimilating activities entail fixed costs. The theory predicts that immigrants will be less likely than natives to undertake such activities, but conditional on undertaking them, immigrants will spend more time on them than natives. We identify several activities - purchasing, education and market work - requiring the most interaction with the native world, and these activities more than others fit the theoretical predictions. Additional tests suggest that the costs of assimilating derive from the costs of learning English and from some immigrants' unfamiliarity with a high-income market economy. A replication using the 1992 Australian Time Use Survey yields remarkably similar results.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5010en_US
dc.subject.jelJ11en_US
dc.subject.jelJ22en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordTime useen_US
dc.subject.keywordfixed costsen_US
dc.subject.keywordincidenceen_US
dc.subject.keywordintensityen_US
dc.subject.stwMigrantenen_US
dc.subject.stwZeitbudgetforschungen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Integrationen_US
dc.subject.stwSch├Ątzungen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.subject.stwVergleichen_US
dc.subject.stwAustralienen_US
dc.titleHow do immigrants spend their time? The process of assimilationen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn630063141en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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