FSU Immigrants in Canada: A Case of Positive Triple Selection?

30 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009

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Don J. DeVoretz

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Michele Battisti

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Abstract

This paper investigates the economic performance of immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) countries in Canada. The contribution of this paper lies in its use of a natural experiment to detect possible differential labour market performances of Soviet immigrants prior to and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In short, the collapse of the former Soviet Union allows an exogenous supply change in the number and type of FSU immigrants potentially destined to enter Canada. For this purpose, Census microlevel data from the 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001 Canadian Census are utilized to estimate earnings and employment outcomes for pre- and post-FSU immigrants.

Keywords: immigration, integration

JEL Classification: J61, F22

Suggested Citation

DeVoretz, Don J. and Battisti, Michele, FSU Immigrants in Canada: A Case of Positive Triple Selection?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4410. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489233

Don J. DeVoretz (Contact Author)

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Michele Battisti

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

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Munich, 01069
Germany

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