February 23, 2013: Immigration and the Family: New Developments and Perspectives

When families immigrate to the US, they may come together or in several stages.  These  moves constitute a major disruption along their members’ developmental paths and a dramatic change in the social and economic context of their demographic behaviors.  Given the complexity of these trajectories -- involving joint interactions among duration of schooling, family formation, fertility, and engagement with the labor market -- this is an area of research that will benefit from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Three important approaches to framing this complex set of processes include life course theory from social psychology/sociology; life cycle theory from economics; and heterodox perspectives focused on place, exposure, and timing from geography.

The goal of the conference is to bring together leading and new researchers on family immigration working in a number of disciplinary perspectives, with a view to forging links that will yield new collaborative research.  To this end, the format will schedule ample time for informal interactions.

Call for Posters

Workshop Presentations:

Frank Bean  "The Implications of Unauthorized Migration for the Educational Incorporation of Mexican-Americans"

Aimee Chin "Impact of Bank Accounts on Migrant Savings and Remittances:Evidence from a Field Experiment"

Carola Suarez-Orozco "Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status"

Stephen Trejo "The Complexity of Immigrant Generations: Implications for Assessing the Socioeconomic Integration of Hispanics and Asians"