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The "Negative" Assimilation of Immigrants: A Special Case
University of Illinois at Chicago and IZA – Institute for the Study of Labor.
Business School University of Western Australia.
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Research on the economic or labor market assimilation of immigrants has to date focused on the degree of improvement in their economic status with duration in the destination. The theoretical underpinning for this finding is the international transferability of skills. This paper addresses whether positive assimilation will be found if skills are very highly transferable internationally. It outlines the conditions for “negative” assimilation in the context of the traditional immigration assimilation model, and examines the empirical relevance of the hypothesis using data on immigrants from the English-speaking developed countries (i.e., the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia/New Zealand) to the United States. Comparisons with the native born are also presented to test whether the findings are sensitive to immigrant cohort quality effects. Even after controlling for cohort effects, “negative” assimilation (a decline in earnings with duration) is found for immigrants in the US from the English-speaking developed countries. Negative assimilation is also found for immigrants from the English-speaking developed countries in Australia and from Nordic countries in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 46 p.
SULCIS reports and working papers, ISSN 1654-1189 ; 2010:9
Keyword [en]
Immigrants, Earnings, Negative Assimilation, English-speaking countries, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118303OAI: diva2:821598
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-06-15

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