Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161322
Authors: 
Chen, Zong Jia
Skuterud, Mikal
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10699
Abstract: 
Canada is increasingly looking to international students as a source of postsecondary tuition revenues and new immigrants. By 2014, international students accounted for 10% of graduates from Canadian postsecondary institutions, up from 3% in 2000, and 11% of new permanent residents, up from 7% in 2010. This article compares the labour market performance of former international students (FISs) entering the Canadian labour market during the first decade of the 2000s to their Canadian-born-and-educated (CBE) and foreign-born-and-educated (FBE) counterparts. We find that FISs outperform FBE immigrants by a substantial margin and underperform CBE individuals graduating from similar academic programs by a relatively modest margin. We also find some limited evidence, particularly among women, of a deterioration in FIS outcomes through the 2000s relative to both comparison groups. We argue that this deterioration is consistent with a quality tradeoff as postsecondary institutions and governments have reached deeper into international student pools to meet their demands for students and new immigrants without a commensurate increase in their supply.
Subjects: 
international students
labour market integration
immigrant selection policy
JEL: 
I23
J61
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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