Educational Attainment and Labor Market Performance: An Analysis of Immigrants in France

42 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2015

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Mehtap Akgüc

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); IZA

Ana M. Ferrer

University of Calgary - Department of Economics

Abstract

Using a recent survey of immigrants to France, we provide a detailed analysis of the educational attainment and labor market performance of various sub-population groups in France. Our results indicate that immigrants to France are less educated than the native born and that these differences can be tracked down to differences in socioeconomic background for most groups of immigrants. Similarly, there is a significant wage gap between immigrant and native-born workers, but this is reduced and sometimes disappears after correcting for selection into employment. In most cases the remaining differences in education and labor market outcomes seem related to the area of origin of the immigrant as well as where the education of the immigrant is obtained.

Keywords: immigration, France, labor market performance of immigrants, educational attainment

JEL Classification: F22, J15, J61, I26

Suggested Citation

Akgüc, Mehtap and Ferrer, Ana M., Educational Attainment and Labor Market Performance: An Analysis of Immigrants in France. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8925. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2586428

Mehtap Akgüc (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

Brussels

IZA ( email )

Brussels

Ana M. Ferrer

University of Calgary - Department of Economics ( email )

Calgary, Alberta
Canada

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