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Does Immigration Affect the Long-Term Educational Outcomes of Natives? Quasi-Experimental Evidence

  • Eric D. Gould
  • Victor Lavy
  • M. Daniele Paserman

This article uses the mass migration wave to Israel in the 1990s to examine the impact of immigrant concentration during elementary school on the long-term academic outcomes of native students in high school. The results suggest that the overall presence of immigrants in a grade had an adverse effect on the chances of passing the high school matriculation exam, which is necessary to attend college. This result is robust to a variety of alternative specifications. We also perform a 'placebo' analysis which shows that the high school outcomes of natives are affected only by the immigrant concentration in their own 5th grade class. Copyright © The Author(s). Journal compilation © Royal Economic Society 2009.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 119 (2009)
Issue (Month): 540 (October)
Pages: 1243-1269

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