Immigrant Wage and Employment Assimilation: A Comparison of Methods

13 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2012

See all articles by Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

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

Barbara Broadway

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course

Duncan McVicar

Queen's University Belfast; Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School

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Date Written: November 1, 2012

Abstract

We compare alternative methods for estimating immigrant wage and employment assimilation using unique panel data over 2001 - 2009 for a large, nationally-representative sample of immigrants. Previous assimilation estimates have been mainly based on crosssectional data and have therefore suffered from a range of potential biases. We find that a fixed-effects model generates estimated employment assimilation profiles that are flatter and significantly different to those produced by cross-sectional and synthetic cohort methods. However, there are no significant differences in the wage assimilation profiles across alternative methods.

Keywords: Immigration, immigrant assimilation, employment, wages, Australia

JEL Classification: J15, J61

Suggested Citation

Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Broadway, Barbara and McVicar, Duncan, Immigrant Wage and Employment Assimilation: A Comparison of Methods (November 1, 2012). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2182902 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2182902

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

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