Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149432
Authors: 
Aringa, Carlo Dell
Lucifora, Claudio
Pagani, Laura
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Migration [ISSN:] 2193-9039 [Volume:] 4 [Year:] 2015 [Pages:] 1-18
Abstract: 
This paper brings new evidence to the existing literature on earnings differentials and returns to human capital for immigrants and natives. It is the first paper analysing this topic using data drawn from the Italian Labour Force Survey, a large nationally representative dataset. We show that returns to human capital are considerably lower for immigrants as compared to natives and that there is no return to pre-immigration work experience, suggesting imperfect transferability of human capital. In the second part of the paper we explore models of occupational attainment among immigrants and the native born. Our findings suggest that, contrary to what is observed for natives, immigrants' human capital does not contribute to getting access to high-paying occupations.
Subjects: 
Immigration
Earnings
Returns to human capital
Occupation
JEL: 
J31
J24
J61
F22
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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