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

33 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 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: July 2019

Abstract

This paper uses U.S. time-diary surveys to study the allocation of time devoted to informal learning and education by immigrants and natives. We develop a simple theoretical framework, which highlights the different constraints and opportunity costs faced by immigrants as compared with natives. In line with our theoretical model, the estimates show that immigrants are more likely to engage in informal education and, conditional on participation, they allocate more time to these activities. The investment in informal learning and education activities is likely to boost immigrants’ human and social capital and contribute to socio-economic integration.

Keywords: immigrants, time-use, education, human capital, U.S.

Suggested Citation

Coniglio, Nicola D. and Hoxhaj, Rezart and Jayet, Hubert, On the Road to Integration? Immigrants’ Demand for Informal (& Formal) Education (July 2019). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2019/45, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3425899 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3425899

Nicola D. Coniglio (Contact Author)

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

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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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