Working Paper Series, Uppsala Center for Labor Studies, Department of Economics, Uppsala University
Naturalizations and the economic and social integration of immigrants
Abstract: I study the effects of naturalizations on labor market
outcomes and family formation. The results show that naturalizations are
associated with improving economic outcomes for immigrants from outside the
OECD. The strength of the correlation varies depending on the country group
and gender. A causal interpretation of the results is not possible as the
outcomes start to improve already before the acquisition of citizenship.
The study also shows that the propensity to get married rises for some
country groups the years surrounding naturalizations. This is suggestive of
naturalizations being related to not only labor market integration but also
decisions regarding the family. Further, my findings illustrate that
modeling assumptions are of great importance. Models that are not flexible
enough could lead to false claims regarding causality.
Keywords: naturalizations; labor market outcomes; family formation; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J13; J15; J21; J61; (follow links to similar papers)
44 pages, May 6, 2014
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