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Education and Early Career Outcomes of Second-Generation Immigrants in France

  • Christian Belzil

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    (Department of Economics, Ecole Polytechnique - CNRS : UMR7176 - Polytechnique - X)

  • François Poinas

    (GATE - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - CNRS : UMR5824 - Université Lumière - Lyon II - Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines)

We estimate a flexible dynamic model of education choices and early career employment outcomes of the French population. Individuals are allowed to choose between 4 options: continue to the next grade, accept a permanent contract, accept a temporary contract, or withdraw from the labor force (a residual state). Our analysis focuses on the comparison between French Second-Generation Immigrants whose parents are born in Africa and French-natives. We find that schooling attainments explain around two thirds of the differences in access to early career employment stability. However, one third cannot be linked to observed investment in human capital.

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Publication status: Published, Labour Economics, 2010, 17, 1, pp. 101-110
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