Female migration and native marital stability : insights from Italy
Title: Female migration and native marital stability : insights from Italy
Citation: Journal of family and economic issues, 2017, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 118-128
Series/Number: [Migration Policy Centre]
ISSN: 1058-0476; 1573-3475
Previous research has noted that divorce rates tend to be higher when there is a surplus of marriageable women in the marriage market. This paper argues that the size and the composition of the female migrant population can affect the marital stability of natives. We tested such hypothesis taking Italy as a case-study because it exemplifies a male-breadwinner society and because it is a relatively new immigration country. We estimated discrete-time event history models predicting marital disruption on data from the nationally representative 2009 Family and Social Subjects survey. Our results illustrated that the increasing presence of first mover migrant women (coming from Central-South America and Eastern Europe) is associated with higher separation risks among natives, especially for couples with lower human capital. By advancing the relevance of foreigners as a potential driver of natives’ family life courses, our findings add to our understanding of partnership dynamics in recent immigration countries.
Published online: 05 May 2016
Type of Access: openAccess
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