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The Economic Causes and Consequences of Canadian Citizenship

  • DeVoretz, Don J.

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    (Simon Fraser University)

  • Pivnenko, Sergiy

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    (Simon Fraser University)

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    Immigrants ascend to citizenship at differential rates in Canada. Why is this so? This paper investigates the economic costs and benefits derived from citizenship to rationalize the differential rates of citizenship ascension. Canadian earnings evidence confirms the sizable economic benefits of citizenship. A decomposition analysis attributes this benefit to selfselection, namely only the more productive immigrants become Canadian citizens.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1395.

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    Length: 40 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 2004
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    Publication status: published in: Journal of Immigration and Integration, 2006, 6 (3-4), 435-468
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1395
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    1. Krishna Pendakur & Ravi Pendakur, 1998. "The Colour of Money: Earnings Differentials Among Ethnic Groups in Canada," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 31(3), pages 518-548, August.
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