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Longitudinal Analysis of Immigrant Occupational Mobility: A Test of the Immigrant Assimilation Hypothesis

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  • Chiswick, Barry R.

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    (George Washington University)

  • Lee, Yew Liang

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    (University of Western Australia)

  • Miller, Paul W.

    (Curtin University)

Abstract

Using an immigrant assimilation framework, this paper develops a model of the occupational mobility of immigrants and tests the hypotheses using data on adult males from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia. The theoretical model generates hypotheses regarding a U-shaped pattern of occupational mobility from the “last job” in the origin, to the “first job” in the destination, to subsequent jobs in the destination, and regarding the depth of the “U.” The survey includes data on pre-immigration occupation, the “first” occupation in Australia (at 6 months) and the occupation after about 3.5 years in Australia. The hypotheses are supported by the empirical analysis.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 452.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2002
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Publication status: published in: International Migration Review, 2005, 39 (2), 332-353
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp452

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Keywords: Australia; longitudinal data; assimilation; occupational mobility/attainment; Immigrants;

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