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The Job Search and Education Investments of Immigrant Families

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  • Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.

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    (University of Melbourne)

  • Connolly, Marie D.

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    (Chatham University)

  • Worswick, Christopher

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    (Carleton University)

Abstract

This paper examines the post-migration investments in schooling and job search of immigrant families using new longitudinal data for Australia. Higher education levels at time of arrival are associated with a greater probability of enrolling in school after migration. In households where the visa category would suggest that post-migration investments may be important, we find higher rates of school enrollment and job search. Traditional gender roles appear to dictate which partner makes the investments in formal schooling. However, comparative labor market advantage, captured by principal applicant status appears to dictate which partner makes greater investments in job search.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 290.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2001
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2005, 18 (4), 663–690
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp290

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Keywords: Immigrants; human capital investments; job search;

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Cited by:
  1. Deborah Cobb-Clark & Thomas F Crossley, . "Gender, Comparative Advantage and Labor Market Activity in Immigrant Families," Canadian International Labour Network Working Papers, McMaster University 46, McMaster University.
  2. Mosfequs Salehin & Robert Breunig, 2012. "The immigrant wage gap and assimilation in Australia: the impact of unobserved heterogeneity," CEPR Discussion Papers, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University 661, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
  3. Chiswick, Barry R. & DebBurman, Noyna, 2004. "Educational attainment: analysis by immigrant generation," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 23(4), pages 361-379, August.
  4. Cobb-Clark, Deborah & Crossley, Thomas F., 2004. "Revisiting the family investment hypothesis," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 373-393, June.

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