Immigrant Wage Adjustment in Australia: Cross Section and Time-Series Estimates
Cross-sectional estimates of the comparative wage performance of natives and immigrants can be distorted if there are changes in labor-market quality between immigrant cohorts. This question is investigated with a study of 1973 and 1981 cross sections of Australian migrants. The authors find that migrants from non-English-speaking countries entering Australia about 1965 perform significantly better between 1973 and 1981 than predicted from the 1973 cross section. Migrants from English-speaking countries time-series wage performance is consistent with the 1973 cross-section prediction. The paper interprets the analytic importance of these results. Copyright 1988 by The Economic Society of Australia.
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Volume (Year): 64 (1988)
Issue (Month): 186 (September)
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