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Immigrant Earnings Growth: Selection Bias or Real Progress?

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  • Piraino, Patrizio
  • Picot, Garnett

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This paper studies the effect of selective attrition on estimates of immigrant earnings growth based on repeated cross-sectional data in Canada. Longitudinal tax data linked to immigrant landing records are used in order to estimate the change in immigrant earnings and the immigrant-Canadian-born earnings gap. The results are compared with those from repeated cross-sectional data. This approach eliminates differences in results that may stem from variation in collection modes and procedures across datasets.

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Paper provided by Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch in its series Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series with number 2012340e.

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Date of creation: 28 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp3e:2012340e

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Keywords: Ethnic diversity and immigration; Ethnic groups and generations in Canada; Immigrants and non-permanent residents; Labour; Labour market and income; Wages; salaries and other earnings;

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  1. Christian Dustmann & Joseph-Simon Görlach, 2014. "Selective Outmigration and the Estimation of Immigrants' Earnings Profiles," CESifo Working Paper Series 4617, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Arthur Sweetman & Casey Warman, 2013. "Canada's Immigration Selection System and Labour Market Outcomes," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, University of Toronto Press, vol. 39(s1), pages 141-160, May.
  3. Michele Campolieti & Morley Gunderson & Olga Timofeeva & Evguenia Tsiroulnitchenko, 2013. "Immigrant Assimilation, Canada 1971–2006: Has the Tide Turned?," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 34(4), pages 455-475, December.

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