The Impact of Migration Policy on Migrants' Education Structure: Evidence from an Austrian Policy Reform

MENDELU Working Paper in Business and Economics No. 2013-42

24 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2014

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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: August 1, 2013

Abstract

We ask how a reform of migration law intended to increase the selectivity of migration (the so-called integration agreement regulation in 2003) impacted on the education structure of migrants to Austria. To identify the effects of this reform, we use the fact it affected only migrants from third countries but not from EEA-countries. We find no compelling evidence that this regulation improved the education structure of migrants to Austria. Our interpretation of this is that the implicit positive impact of the reforms on the education structure of migrants was countervailed by an increased restrictiveness of the migration regime in total.

Keywords: Migration Policy, Self Selection

JEL Classification: F22, J61

Suggested Citation

Huber, Peter and Bock-Schappelwein, Julia, The Impact of Migration Policy on Migrants' Education Structure: Evidence from an Austrian Policy Reform (August 1, 2013). MENDELU Working Paper in Business and Economics No. 2013-42, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2384670

Peter Huber (Contact Author)

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

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

Mendel University ( email )

Zemedelska 1
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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