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

  • Belzil, Christian


    (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris)

  • Poinas, François


    (Toulouse School of Economics)

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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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2010, 17 (1), 101-110
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3877
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