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The Value of "Experience" and the Labour Market Entry of New Immigrants to Canada


  • Peter V. Hall
  • Tulin Sadouzai


We use data from three waves of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada to compare how pre-immigration experience in hi-tech and regulated occupations affects employment outcomes. While differences do decline over time, those with experience in an unregulated hi-tech occupation are more likely to be employed sooner in a matching and/or full time job. Immigrants with hi-tech occupational experience are more likely to have their foreign experience accepted, possibly due to the transferability of these skills and the absence of institutional barriers. These findings indicate important sectoral, regulatory, and institutional differences in the treatment of pre-immigration experience, with policy implications.

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  • Peter V. Hall & Tulin Sadouzai, 2010. "The Value of "Experience" and the Labour Market Entry of New Immigrants to Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 36(2), pages 181-198, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:36:y:2010:i:2:p:181-198

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