Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/202640
Authors: 
Bratti, Massimiliano
Fiore, Simona
Mendola, Mariapia
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 392
Abstract: 
We investigate how fertility and demographic factors affect migration at the household level by assessing the causal effects of sibship size and structure on offspring's international migration. We use a rich demographic survey on the population of Mexico and exploit presumably exogenous variation in family size induced by biological fertility and infertility shocks. We further exploit cross-sibling differences to identify birth order, sibling-sex, and sibling-age composition effects on migration. We find that large families per se do not boost offspring out-migration. Yet, the likelihood of migrating is not equally distributed within a household, but is higher for sons and decreases sharply with birth order. The female migration disadvantage also varies with sibling composition by age and gender.
Subjects: 
International Migration
Mexico
Family Size
Sibling Structure
JEL: 
J13
F22
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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