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Title: Acculturation, Education, and Gender Roles: Evidence from Canada

Author(s): Anke Kessler and Kevin Milligan

Publication Date: April 2019

Keyword(s): Assimilation, Culture, Fertility, Human Capital, Immigration and Labor Supply

Programme Area(s): Labour Economics

Abstract: This paper studies the influence of cultural norms on economic outcomes. We combine detailed information on second-generation female immigrants with historical data from their an- cestral source countries to see how the cultural endowment affects current decisions on work and fertility. We show that results using the standard approach are sensitive to context and specification. We then extend to reveal an education gradient for cultural assimilation: lower-educated women exhibit a strong influence of cultural variables while higher educated women show no in- fluence at all. We gather and present evidence on several potential mechanisms for the education gradient.

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Kessler, A and Milligan, K. 2019. 'Acculturation, Education, and Gender Roles: Evidence from Canada'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.