Education, Credentials, and Immigrant Earnings

31 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2008

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Ana M. Ferrer

University of Calgary - Department of Economics

W. Craig Riddell

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Economics

Abstract

Using 1981 to 2001 Census data, we study how the human capital of immigrants is rewarded in Canada. We distinguish between years of schooling and degrees obtained in order to estimate sheepskin effects the gain in earnings associated with receipt of a degree, controlling for years of schooling. We find that immigrant years of schooling and immigrant work experience accumulated before arrival is valued much less than Canadian experience of comparable natives. However, for immigrants the increase in earnings associated with completing educational programs is generally higher than that of comparable natives. We provide both signaling and human capital interpretations of this finding.

Suggested Citation

Ferrer, Ana M. and Riddell, W. Craig, Education, Credentials, and Immigrant Earnings. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 41, Issue 1, pp. 186-216, February 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1082606 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.00460.x

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W. Craig Riddell

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