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Earnings Inequality and Earnings Instability of Immigrants in Canada

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  • Ostrovsky, Yuri

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The deterioration of immigrants' entry earnings in Canada in the past three decades has been well documented. This study provides further insights into the changing fortunes of immigrants by focusing on their earnings inequality and earnings instability. The analysis is based on a flexible econometric model that decomposes earnings inequality into current and long-term components. In addition to constructing earnings inequality and earnings instability profiles for different arrival cohorts, we also examine the underlying causes of earnings inequality, including the impact of foreign education, birthplace and the ability to speak English or French.

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  • Ostrovsky, Yuri, 2008. "Earnings Inequality and Earnings Instability of Immigrants in Canada," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2008309e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  • Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp3e:2008309e
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    1. Abbott, Michael G. & Beach, Charles M., 2011. "Immigrant Earnings Differences Across Admission Categories and Landing Cohorts in Canada," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2011-20, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 21 Aug 2011.
    2. Abbott, Michael G. & Beach, Charles M., 2013. "Earnings Mobility of Canadian Immigrants: A Transition Matrix Approach," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2013-47, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 27 Oct 2013.
    3. B. Cecilia Garcia-Medina & Jean-Francois Wen, "undated". "Income Instability and Fiscal Progression," Working Papers 2015-01, Department of Economics, University of Calgary, revised 12 Jan 2015.
    4. Garcia-Medina Cecilia & Jean-Francois Wen, 2016. "Income Instability and Fiscal Progression," Working Papers 2016-07, Banco de México.
    5. Charles M. Beach & Ross Finnie & David Gray, 2010. "Long-Run Inequality And Short-Run Instability Of Men'S And Women'S Earnings In Canada," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 56(3), pages 572-596, September.

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    Ethnic diversity and immigration; Immigrants and non-permanent residents; Income; pensions; spending and wealth; Labour; Low income and inequality; Wages; salaries and other earnings;

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