Multi-Generation Model of Immigrant Earnings: Theory and Application

29 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2001

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Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Tikva Lecker

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: March 2001

Abstract

The literature, starting with Chiswick (1977, 1978) to Gang and Zimmermann (2000), more recently, focuses on the economic achievements and performance of first- and second-generation migrants. This paper presents a three-generation migrant analysis, comparing relative economic performance of various migrant generations to one another and to the native population. We developed a theoretical model, which was then explored empirically using data from the 1995 Israeli Census. In both the theoretical and empirical analyses, the curve describing intergenerational immigrant earnings mobility is inversely U-shaped. The second generation earns relatively more than the first and third generations, while the third generation earns less than the second, but more than the first. Thus, assimilation of the third generation into the local population is far from clear.

Keywords: Intergenerational Earnings Mobility, Migration, Labor Market Performance

JEL Classification: F22

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Gil S. and Lecker, Tikva, Multi-Generation Model of Immigrant Earnings: Theory and Application (March 2001). IZA Discussion Paper No. 275. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=267212

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