Do Australian Qualifications Help? The Effect of Host Country Qualification on Migrant Participation and Unemployment

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Jaai Parasnis

Monash University - Department of Economics

Dietrich Fausten

Monash University - Department of Economics

Roland Cheo

Shandong University - Center for Economic Research

Abstract

The current Australian migration program rewards applicants for possessing Australian tertiary qualifications. This study examines whether such qualifications help mitigate the labour market disadvantages faced by immigrants in Australia. The effect of host country qualification on labour market assimilation is estimated by comparing the labour force participation and unemployment of natives with two groups of migrants: those holding foreign qualifications and those holding Australian qualifications. Controlling for factors such as level of education and experience, there is no evidence that Australian qualifications result in better labour market outcomes for migrants.

Suggested Citation

Parasnis, Jaai and Fausten, Dietrich and Cheo, Roland, Do Australian Qualifications Help? The Effect of Host Country Qualification on Migrant Participation and Unemployment. Economic Record, Vol. 84, Issue s1, pp. S131-S140, September 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1260484 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2008.00489.x

Jaai Parasnis (Contact Author)

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3
Australia

Dietrich Fausten

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3
Australia

Roland Cheo

Shandong University - Center for Economic Research

Jinan, Shandong 250100
China

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