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Social Assimilation and Immigrants' Labour Market Outcomes

Piracha, Matloob, Tani, Massimiliano, Cheng, Zhiming, Wang, Ben Zhe (2023) Social Assimilation and Immigrants' Labour Market Outcomes. Journal of Population Economics, 36 (1). pp. 37-67. ISSN 0933-1433. (doi:10.1007/s00148-021-00883-w) (KAR id:92580)


We analyse how immigrants’ level of social assimilation is related to their labour market outcomes. More precisely, we estimate the association between assimilation and employment, wages, underemployment, three measures of job satisfaction, overeducation and wages. Using Australian longitudinal data, we find that assimilation is strongly associated with employment and wages as well as a number of job satisfaction measures. We then split our data and repeat the analysis for before and after the financial crisis of 2008–2009. We find important differences in the way assimilation is associated with different measures of labour market outcomes under different economic conditions. Finally, we explore mechanisms that may underlie the results.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s00148-021-00883-w
Uncontrolled keywords: Ethnic identity, Assimilation, Employment, Wages, Job quality, Overeducation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Matloob Piracha
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 11:29 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2023 16:12 UTC
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