, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 429–442 | Cite as

Migration and premarital childbearing among Puerto Rican women

  • Nancy S. LandaleEmail author
  • Susan M. Hauan
Determinants and Consequences of Migration


This paper examines the relationship between migration and premarital childbearing in a highly migratory Latino subgroup, Puerto Rican women. Using pooled origin-destination data from surveys conducted in Puerto Rico and in the New York metropolitan area, we find that first- and second-generation migrants to the u.s. mainland face substantially higher risks of conceiving and bearing a first child before marriage than do nonmigrants in Puerto Rico. This pattern is due largely to the relatively early transition to sexual activity among mainland women. Given the negative long-term consequences of premarital childbearing for women and their children, our findings call into question the assumption that migrants necessarily experience only positive outcomes as a result of the assimilation process.


Premarital Birth Puerto Rican Woman Premarital Pregnancy Premarital Conception York Metropolitan Area 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Population Research InstituteThe Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  2. 2.Institute for Research on PovertyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUSA

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