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The Healthy Immigrant Effect and Immigrant Selection: Evidence from Four Countries

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  • Steven Kennedy
  • James Ted McDonald
  • Nicholas Biddle

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The existence of a healthy immigrant effect – where immigrants are on average healthier than the native-born – is now a well accepted phenomenon. There are many competing explanations for this phenomenon including health screening by recipient countries, healthy behaviour prior to migration followed by the steady adoption of new country (less) healthy behaviours, and immigrant self-selection where healthier and wealthier people tend to be migrants. We explore the last two of these explanations for the healthy immigrant effect by examining the health outcomes, health behaviours, and socio-economic characteristics of immigrants from a range of source countries in the US, Canada, UK and Australia. We find evidence of strong positive selection effects for immigrants from all regions of origin in terms of education. However, we also find evidence that self-selection in terms of unobservable factors is an important determinant of the better health of recent immigrants.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers with number 164.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:164

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Keywords: immigrant health; selection effects; smoking; obesity;

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  1. Sofie Bødker & Rasmus Højbjerg Jacobsen & Jan Rose Skaksen, 2013. "Fiscal Costs and Benefits of High Skilled Immigration to a Generous Welfare State," Norface Discussion Paper Series 2013006, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
  2. James Ted McDonald & Jeremiah Neily, 2007. "Immigration, Ethnicity and Cancer in U.S. Women," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 206, McMaster University.
  3. Carine Drapier & Nadiya Ukrayinchuk, 2012. "Les conditions de travail et la santé des immigrés : Seraient- ils plus résistants à la pénibilité au travail que les natifs," Working Papers hal-00995048, HAL.
  4. Susan Averett & Laura Argys & Jennifer Kohn, 2012. "Immigration, obesity and labor market outcomes in the UK," IZA Journal of Migration, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 1-19, December.
  5. Pedro Pita Barros & Isabel Medalho Pereira, 2010. "Health Care and Health Outcomes of Migrants: Evidence from Portugal," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2010_04, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).
  6. John Gibson & Steven Stillman & David McKenzie & Halahingano Rohorua, 2010. "Natural Experiment Evidence on the Effect of Migration on Blood Pressure and Hypertension," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1024, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  7. Averett, Susan L. & Argys, Laura & Kohn, Jennifer L., 2012. "Immigration, Obesity and Labor Market Outcomes in the UK," IZA Discussion Papers 6454, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  9. Boulogne, Roxane & Jougla, Eric & Breem, Yves & Kunst, Anton E. & Rey, Grégoire, 2012. "Mortality differences between the foreign-born and locally-born population in France (2004–2007)," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 74(8), pages 1213-1223.

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