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Unpublished Paper
U.S. Migration of a Family Member: Impacts on the Activities of Adolescent Boys and Girls Left Behind in Mexico
(2014)
  • Elizabeth T Powers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Qing Wang
Abstract

We use the Mexican Family Life Study to estimate the effect of a household member’s migration to the U.S. on the time use of family members left behind in Mexico. We show that the effects of migration on adolescents vary with both the migrant’s former household role and with the sex of the left-behind adolescent. Adolescent boys spend less time in paid and agricultural work when males migrate from the household to the U.S., while their mothers correspondingly increase their time in market work and reduce their housework time. We find no significant effects of U.S. migration on adolescent girls’ activities.

Keywords
  • Migration,
  • time use,
  • sex bias,
  • Mexico,
  • paid work,
  • agricultural work,
  • housework,
  • education,
  • caregiving,
  • leisure
Publication Date
Winter December 12, 2014
Citation Information
Elizabeth T Powers and Qing Wang. "U.S. Migration of a Family Member: Impacts on the Activities of Adolescent Boys and Girls Left Behind in Mexico" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/elizabeth_t_powers/6/