Where Do You Come from, where Do You Go? Assessing Skills Gaps and Labour Market Outcomes of Young Adults with Different Immigration Backgrounds

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Alison Cathles

UNU-MERIT

Dongshu Ou

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Simone Sasso

Maastricht University

Mary Setrana

University of Ghana

Tom van Veen

Maastricht University - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 18, 2018

Abstract

This paper analyzes numeracy and literacy skills of migrants, using PISA and PIAAC data from twelve OECD countries. Our results first show some convergence of the skills gap between the second generation immigrants and the natives over time. Second, the gap in literacy skills among the first-generation and natives and among first-generation and second-generation immigrants has increased over time. Third, demographics and family background contribute to the achievement gaps between different groups. Fourth, school input variables do contribute to skills gaps of young adults with different immigrant backgrounds. Fifth, an immigrant background does not appear to affect the chances of studying in a STEM field.

JEL Classification: I240, I250

Suggested Citation

Cathles, Alison and Ou, Dongshu and Sasso, Simone and Setrana, Mary and van Veen, Tom, Where Do You Come from, where Do You Go? Assessing Skills Gaps and Labour Market Outcomes of Young Adults with Different Immigration Backgrounds (July 18, 2018). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 7157. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3250748

Alison Cathles

UNU-MERIT ( email )

Keizer Karelplein 19
Maastricht, 6211TC
Netherlands

Dongshu Ou

Chinese University of Hong Kong ( email )

Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Simone Sasso

Maastricht University

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

Mary Setrana

University of Ghana ( email )

PO Box 25
Legon, Accra LG
Ghana

Tom Van Veen (Contact Author)

Maastricht University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200 MD
Netherlands

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