The Impact of Migration Policy on Migrants' Education Structure: Evidence from Two Austrian Policy Experiments

WIFO Working Paper No. 428

34 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2012

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Peter Huber

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO); Mendel University

Julia Bock-Schappelwein

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Date Written: June 4, 2012

Abstract

We ask how two reforms of migration law (EEA accession in 1994 and the integration agreement regulation in 2003) impacted on the education structure of migrants to Austria. To identify the effects of these reforms, we use the fact that EEA accession affected only migrants from EEA countries, while third country citizens were unaffected and that the opposite is the case for the integration agreement regulation. We find robust evidence that the share of low educated permanent migrants from the EEA to Austria reduced relative to the share of low educated permanent migrants from other countries due to Austria's EEA accession. With respect to the reform of residence law in 2003 our results are less robust. Most of them, however, point to an increased share of low skilled permanent migrants.

Suggested Citation

Huber, Peter and Bock-Schappelwein, Julia, The Impact of Migration Policy on Migrants' Education Structure: Evidence from Two Austrian Policy Experiments (June 4, 2012). WIFO Working Paper No. 428, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2075737 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2075737

Peter Huber (Contact Author)

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

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Mendel University ( email )

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Brno, South Moravia 61200
Czech Republic

Julia Bock-Schappelwein

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

P.O. Box 91
Wien, A-1103
Austria

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