The Job Search and Education Investments of Immigrant Families
45 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2001
Date Written: April 2001
This paper examines the post-migration investments in schooling and job search of immigrant families using new longitudinal data for Australia. Higher education levels at time of arrival are associated with a greater probability of enrolling in school after migration. In households where the visa category would suggest that post-migration investments may be important, we find higher rates of school enrollment and job search. Traditional gender roles appear to dictate which partner makes the investments in formal schooling. However, comparative labor market advantage, captured by principal applicant status appears to dictate which partner makes greater investments in job search.
Keywords: Immigrants, Human Capital Investments, Job Search
JEL Classification: J61, J22, J60
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