Does Marriage after Migration Lead to Better Labor-Market Outcomes?

Lorenzo Blanco



Do women who marry after migration have a greater chance of finding a job than do women who marry before migration? Do women who marry after migration earn more, or have greater returns on their education, than do women who marry before migration? Do their husbands earn higher wages than those of women who marry before migration? These questions address a major question in immigration policy: Should that policy be based on family reunification? Some researchers believe that women who marry after migration are more independent and more successful in the job market. This belief may lead policymakers to curtail policies designed to reunite immigrant families.


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