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The Effect of Immigration on Natives’ School Performance: Does Length of Stay in the Host Country Matter?


  • Laurent Bossavie


This paper investigates the effects of exposure to immigrant classmates on natives’ scholastic achievement. I utilize rare information on age at migration to estimate separate spillover effects by duration of stay of immigrant classmates and use cohort-by-cohort changes in immigrant presence within schools to identify treatment effects. I find that exposure to immigrant students who have been in the country for a few years has no effect on natives. A small negative effect of recent immigrants on natives’ verbal scores only is reported. Effect sizes are quite small compared to other classroom interventions and peer effect estimates.

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  • Laurent Bossavie, 2020. "The Effect of Immigration on Natives’ School Performance: Does Length of Stay in the Host Country Matter?," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 55(2), pages 733-766.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:55:y:2020:i:2:p:733-766
    Note: DOI: 10.3368/jhr.55.3.1017-9151R2

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    1. Frattini, Tommaso & Meschi, Elena, 2019. "The effect of immigrant peers in vocational schools," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 113(C), pages 1-22.

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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination


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