Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/207466
Authors: 
Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina
Borra, Cristina
Rivera Garrido, Noelia
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 12641
Abstract: 
We examine the fertility impact of a change in immigration policy granting temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants based on their offspring nationality. The policy, intended to facilitate family reunification, was enacted in a 2011 Royal Decree in Spain. It recognized the ability for undocumented parents to become temporary legal residents if they had a Spanish child under the age of 18. Using data from the Spanish Labor Force Survey for the 2007 through 2016 period, along with a quasi-experimental approach that exploits the change in legal residency eligibility requirements, we show that the 2011 Royal Decree increased fertility among individuals potentially affected by the reform by approximately 32 percent.
Subjects: 
immigrants
legalization
fertility
Spain
JEL: 
J13
J15
K37
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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