The Job Search and Education Investments of Immigrant Families

45 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2001

See all articles by Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

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

Marie D. Connolly

Chatham University

Christopher Worswick

Carleton University - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 2001

Abstract

This paper examines the post-migration investments in schooling and job search of immigrant families using new longitudinal data for Australia. Higher education levels at time of arrival are associated with a greater probability of enrolling in school after migration. In households where the visa category would suggest that post-migration investments may be important, we find higher rates of school enrollment and job search. Traditional gender roles appear to dictate which partner makes the investments in formal schooling. However, comparative labor market advantage, captured by principal applicant status appears to dictate which partner makes greater investments in job search.

Keywords: Immigrants, Human Capital Investments, Job Search

JEL Classification: J61, J22, J60

Suggested Citation

Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Connolly, Marie D. and Worswick, Christopher, The Job Search and Education Investments of Immigrant Families (April 2001). IZA Discussion Paper No. 290. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=267227

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark (Contact Author)

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Marie D. Connolly

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Christopher Worswick

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