Immigrant Selection Systems and Immigrant Health

47 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2006

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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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Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

This paper is an analysis of the determinants of self-reported health status of immigrants, with a particular focus on type of visa used to gain admission. The concept of "health capital" and an immigrant selection and adjustment model are employed. The empirical analysis uses the three waves of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia (panel I). Immigrant health is greater for immigrants who are younger, more educated, male, more proficient in English, and living outside of an immigrant ethnic enclave. Immigrant health is poorest for refugees and best for independent (economic) migrants, and declines with duration in the destination. There is, therefore, evidence for favorable selectivity on the basis of health status among family and especially independent migrants, as well as a tendency toward "regression to the mean" with duration in the destination.

Keywords: immigrants, health status, visa, longitudinal data

JEL Classification: I12, J15, J61, F22

Suggested Citation

Chiswick, Barry R. and Lee, Yew Liang and Miller, Paul W., Immigrant Selection Systems and Immigrant Health (September 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2345. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=937883

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