Impact of Immigration on Inhabitants' Educational Investments

30 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2016

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Marianne Røed

Institute for Social Research, Norway

Pål Schøne

Institute for Social Research, Norway

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

We examine whether immigration into the labour market of the building and construction (BaC) industry affects enrolment in vocational programmes that teach the skills required in this industry. Results suggest that a higher supply of immigrant labour is associated with lower enrolment into programmes teaching BaC skills. The strength of this relationship increases according to the grades that the students achieved in lower secondary school. This finding indicates that the negative effect of immigration on educational recruitment is mainly caused by students who turn away from these programmes, rather than a reduction in apprenticeship positions offered by employers.

Keywords: Enrolment, immigration, vocational education

JEL Classification: J24, J61, J22, J23

Suggested Citation

Røed, Marianne and Schøne, Pål, Impact of Immigration on Inhabitants' Educational Investments (July 2016). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 118, Issue 3, pp. 433-462, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2801366 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjoe.12159

Marianne Røed (Contact Author)

Institute for Social Research, Norway ( email )

Munthesgate 31
0260 Oslo
Norway

Pål Schøne

Institute for Social Research, Norway ( email )

Munthesgate 31
0260 Oslo
Norway

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