A Comparative Analysis of the Nativity Wealth Gap

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Thomas K. Bauer

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen); University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Vincent A. Hildebrand

York University - Department of Economics; CEPS/INSTEAD

Mathias Sinning

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

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Date Written: October 2011

Abstract

We investigate the relative wealth position of immigrant households residing in Australia, Germany, and the United States. In Germany and the United States, wealth differentials stem from differences in the educational attainment and demographic characteristics of the native and immigrant populations, rather than income differentials. In contrast, the small nativity wealth gap in Australia exists because immigrants to Australia do not translate their relative educational and demographic advantage into a wealth advantage. Overall, we find substantial disparity in the economic well‐being of immigrant and native families which is largely consistent with domestic labor markets and immigration policies.

JEL Classification: F22, D31

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Thomas K. and Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Hildebrand, Vincent Alexandre and Sinning, Mathias, A Comparative Analysis of the Nativity Wealth Gap (October 2011). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 49, Issue 4, pp. 989-1007, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1931340 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2009.00221.x

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