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Immigration, skills and the labor market: International evidence

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  • Lawrence M. Kahn

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Using the 1994–1998 International Adult Literacy Survey, this paper compares cognitive skills and employment of immigrants in Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States. Immigrants had lower cognitive test scores than natives in each country, with the largest gaps in the US, and small gaps in Canada and New Zealand. Male immigrants in the US were no less likely to work than natives, while in the other countries, male immigrants were less likely to be employed. Female immigrants were less likely in each country to be employed than natives, with an especially large gap for the US. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2004

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 17 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 (08)
Pages: 501-534

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:17:y:2004:i:3:p:501-534

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  1. Sébastien Jean & Orsetta Causa & Miguel Jimenez & Isabelle Wanner, 2010. "Migration and labour market outcomes in OECD countries," OECD Journal: Economic Studies, OECD Publishing, vol. 2010(1), pages 1-34.
  2. Nong Zhu & Cecile Batisse, 2014. "L’effet des politiques sociales sur l’emploi des nouveaux immigrants à Montréal," CIRANO Working Papers 2014s-05, CIRANO.
  3. Francine D. Blau & Lawrence M. Kahn, 2012. "Immigration and the Distribution of Incomes," NBER Working Papers 18515, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Susanne Prantl & Alexandra Spitz-Oener, 2014. "Interacting Product and Labor Market Regulation and the Impact of Immigration on Native Wages," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2014-018, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  5. Francine D. Blau & Lawrence M. Kahn & Joan Y. Moriarty & Andre Portela Souza, 2003. "The Role of the Family in Immigrants' Labor-Market Activity: An Evaluation of Alternative Explanations: Comment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 93(1), pages 429-447, March.
  6. Heather Antecol & Peter Kuhn & Stephen J. Trejo, 2006. "Assimilation via Prices or Quantities?: Sources of Immigrant Earnings Growth in Australia, Canada, and the United States," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 41(4).
  7. Carneiro, Anabela & Fortuna, Natércia & Varejão, José, 2010. "Immigrants at New Destinations: How They Fare and Why," IZA Discussion Papers 4892, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Ingo Isphording, 2013. "Disadvantages of Linguistic Origin – Evidence from Immigrant Literacy Scores," Ruhr Economic Papers 0397, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
  9. Richard B. Freeman, 2006. "People Flows in Globalization," NBER Working Papers 12315, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  10. Yaqub, Shahin, 2010. "Does age-at-migration in childhood affect migrant socioeconomic achievements in adulthood?," MPRA Paper 27935, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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