Occupational Attainment and Immigrant Economic Progress in Australia

12 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2008

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Barry R. Chiswick

University of Illinois at Chicago; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Paul W. Miller

Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

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Abstract

Using data from the 2001 Australian Census of Population and Housing, on adult men in full-time employment, this paper augments a conventional human capital earnings function with information on occupations. It also estimates models of occupational attainment. The results from both the earnings function and model of occupational attainment indicate that the limited international transferability of human capital skills results in immigrants entering into relatively low status occupations when they first enter the Australian labour market. Comparison with similar research for the USA suggests that the different immigrant selection regimes (primarily family reunion in the USA, skill-based immigration in Australia) do not impact on the negative association between current occupational status and pre-immigration labour market experience.

Suggested Citation

Chiswick, Barry R. and Miller, Paul W., Occupational Attainment and Immigrant Economic Progress in Australia. Economic Record, Vol. 84, Issue s1, pp. S45-S56, September 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1260458 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2008.00482.x

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