Acculturation, Education, and Gender Roles: Evidence from Canada Kevin Milligan ~ Vancouver School of Economics ~ University of British Columbia

Acculturation, Education, and Gender Roles: Evidence from Canada

with Anke Kessler.
May, 2017
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Abstract:

This paper studies the in uence of cultural norms on economic outcomes. We com- bine detailed information on second-generation female immigrants with historical data from their ancestral source country to see how the cultural endowment received from their fathers affects current decisions. Our results reveal the critical role of education in mediating the in uence of culture on work and fertility decisions. We uncover an education gradient for cultural assimilation: lower-educated women exhibit a strong in uence of cultural variables while higher-educated women show no in uence at all. We gather and present evidence on several potential mechanisms for the education gradient.

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Manuscript, here. (Updated May, 2017)


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