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Gender, comparative advantage and labour market activity in immigrant families

Cobb Clark, Deborah A; Crossley, Thomas


The family investment hypothesis predicts that credit-constrained immigrant families adopt a household strategy for financing post-migration human capital investment in which the partner with labor market comparative advantage engages in investment activities and the other partner undertakes labor market activities which finance current consumption. We assess this hypothesis by focusing on two issues: first, the extent to which the specialization in the investing versus financing role is based...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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