Immigrant Earnings: A Longitudinal Analysis

19 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2005

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Barry R. Chiswick

University of Illinois at Chicago; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yew L. Lee

University of Western Australia

Paul W. Miller

Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

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Abstract

This paper uses the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia to analyze the determinants of the level and growth in earnings of adult male immigrants in their first 3.5 years in Australia. The theoretical framework is based on the immigrant adjustment model, which incorporates both the transferability of immigrant skills and selectively in migration. The cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses generate similar findings. The level and relative growth of earnings are higher for immigrants with higher levels of skill and who are economic/skills tested migrants, as distinct from family based and refugee migrants. The analysis indicates that immigrant economic assimilation does occur and that in these data the cross-section provides a good estimate of the longitudinal progress of immigrants. The findings are robust across statistical techniques.

Suggested Citation

Chiswick, Barry R. and Lee, Yew Liang and Miller, Paul W., Immigrant Earnings: A Longitudinal Analysis. Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 51, No. 4, pp. 485-503, December 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=857796 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4991.2005.00165.x

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