Basic Information and Communication Technology Skills Among Canadian Immigrants and Non-Immigrants

47 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2018

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N.T. Khuong Truong

McMaster University

Arthur Sweetman

McMaster University - Department of Economics; McMaster University - Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: September 2018

Abstract

Male immigrants are observed to be disproportionately employed in ICT information and communication technology (ICT) industries and occupations. A measure of basic ICT skills is employed to document differences in skill levels and labour market earnings across immigration classes and categories of Canadians at birth. Adult immigrants, including those assessed by the points system, are found to have lower average ICT scores than Canadians at birth, although the rate of return to ICT skills is not statistically different between them. Immigrants who arrive as children, and the Canadian-born children of immigrants, have similar outcomes to the Canadian-born children of Canadian-born parents.

Keywords: information and communication technologies (ICT), skills, immigration, PIAAC, problem-solving in technology-rich environments (PSTRE), digital literacy, problem-solving, skill shortage

JEL Classification: J24, J31

Suggested Citation

Truong, N.T. Khuong and Sweetman, Arthur, Basic Information and Communication Technology Skills Among Canadian Immigrants and Non-Immigrants (September 2018). IZA Discussion Paper No. 11801. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3253459

N.T. Khuong Truong (Contact Author)

McMaster University

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Arthur Sweetman

McMaster University - Department of Economics ( email )

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McMaster University - Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) ( email )

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Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4
Canada

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
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