Alberto Bisin

joint seminars
AMSE lecture
Development and political economy seminar

Alberto Bisin

New York University
Marriage, Fertility, and Cultural Integration in Italy

MEGA Salle Carine Nourry

MEGA - Salle Carine Nourry

Maison de l'économie et de la gestion d'Aix
424 chemin du viaduc
13080 Aix-en-Provence

Friday, October 13 2023| 1:15pm to 3:00pm

Yann Bramoullé: yann.bramoulle[at]
Timothée Demont: timothee.demont[at]
Habiba Djebbari: habiba.djebbari[at]


We study cultural integration as an equilibrium of marital matching and intra-household decisions regarding fertility and cultural socialization. Structural estimates reveal strong demand to preserve cultural identity on the part of immigrants and little acceptance of the immigrants’ cultural diversity of natives. Nonetheless, we simulate substantial, though heterogeneous, integration rates across immigrant groups, 75% on average over one generation. Counterfactuals show how more accepting preferences of the natives would lead to slower cultural integration, while a reduction in economic incentives to immigrants would increase it. Finally, we evaluate a policy enhancing social welfare by strengthening the ethnic network of immigrants.