On the Road to Integration? Immigrants Demand for Informal (& Formal) Education

SERIES Working Papers N. 01/2019

35 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2019

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Nicola D. Coniglio

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” (UNIBA) - Department of Economics and Mathematical Methods

Rezart Hoxhaj

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre

Hubert Jayet

Université de Lille

Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

In this paper we study the allocation of time devoted to informal learning and education, i.e. those activities carried out during leisure time and outside formal education courses which boost individuals’ human and social capital. For immigrants the private investment in these activities is likely to have relevant external effects as informal learning and education enhances the likelihood of greater socio-economic integration in the host society. We first develop a simple theoretical framework, which allows us to highlight the different constrains/opportunity costs faced by immigrants as compared with natives. Then, we empirically investigate the determinants of participation in informal education using the American Time Use Data (ATUS; period 2003-2015) which contains detailed information on daily time budgets of a large sample of immigrants and natives in the US. Consistently with a theoretical model of time allocation we find evidence that immigrants are more likely to engage in informal education and, conditional on participation, they allocate more time to these activities. Over time, immigrants show a higher degree of assimilation into the host society. Our results also highlight heterogeneous patterns across gender.

Keywords: Immigrants, time use, education, human capital

JEL Classification: J15, J22, I20

Suggested Citation

Coniglio, Nicola D. and Hoxhaj, Rezart and Jayet, Hubert, On the Road to Integration? Immigrants Demand for Informal (& Formal) Education (May 2019). SERIES Working Papers N. 01/2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3391075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3391075

Nicola D. Coniglio (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” (UNIBA) - Department of Economics and Mathematical Methods ( email )

Largo Abbey St. Scholastica
Bari, 70124
Italy

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Rezart Hoxhaj

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre ( email )

Villa Malafrasca
Via Boccaccio 151
Florence, I-50133
Italy

Hubert Jayet

Université de Lille ( email )

Cité Scientifique
Villeneuve-d'Ascq, 59650
France

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