A Comparative Analysis of the Nativity Wealth Gap

52 Pages Posted: 9 May 2007

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Thomas K. Bauer

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen); University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Vincent A. Hildebrand

York University - Department of Economics; CEPS/INSTEAD

Mathias Sinning

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

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Date Written: May 2007

Abstract

This paper investigates the source of the gap in the relative wealth position of immigrant households residing in Australia, Germany and the United States. Our results indicate that in Germany and the United States wealth differentials are largely the result of disparity in the educational attainment and demographic composition of the native and immigrant populations, while income differentials are relatively unimportant in understanding the nativity wealth gap. In contrast, the relatively small wealth gap between Australian- and foreign-born households exists because immigrants to Australia do not translate their relative educational and demographic advantage into a wealth advantage. On balance, our results point to substantial cross-national disparity in the economic well-being of immigrant and native families, which is largely consistent with domestic labor markets and the selection policies used to shape the nature of the immigration flow.

Keywords: international migration, wealth accumulation

JEL Classification: F22, D31

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Thomas K. and Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Hildebrand, Vincent Alexandre and Sinning, Mathias, A Comparative Analysis of the Nativity Wealth Gap (May 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2772. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=984904

Thomas K. Bauer

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