Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/156203
Authors: 
Lemmermann, Dominique
Riphahn, Regina T.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
BGPE Discussion Paper 166
Abstract: 
We investigate the causal effect of age at migration on subsequent educational attainment in the destination country. To identify the causal effect we compare the educational attainment of siblings at age 21, exploiting the fact that they typically migrate at different ages within a given family. We consider several education outcomes conditional on family fixed effects. We take advantage of long running and detailed data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, which entails an oversample of immigrants and provides information on language skills. We find significant effects of age at migration on educational attainment and a critical age of migration around age 6. The educational attainment of female immigrants responds more strongly to a high age at immigration than that of males.
Subjects: 
immigration
education
integration
school attainment
Germany
causal estimation
family fixed effect
JEL: 
I21
J61
C21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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