Cultural Values and Decision to Work of Immigrant Women in Italy. By: Scoppa, Vincenzo; Stranges, Manuela. LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics & Industrial Relations. Mar2019, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p101-123. 23p.

We investigate the role of culture in explaining economic outcomes at individual level analyzing how cultural values from the home country affect the decision to work of immigrants in Italy.  Following the ‘epidemiological approach’, we relate the probability of  being in the labor force in Italy for immigrant women with the female  labor force participation (LFP) in their country of origin, taken as a proxy of cultural heritage and gender role model, finding a strong  positive impact. We show that this relationship cannot be attributed to human capital quality or discrimination and it is stronger for immigrants that maintained more intense ties with their origin  countries.