Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71632
Authors: 
Piracha, Matloob
Tani, Massimiliano
Vaira Lucero, Matias
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 7274
Abstract: 
This paper analyses the role of social capital on immigrants' labour market outcomes. We use the principal component analysis (PCA) to build an index of social networks and explore its impact on the probability of getting a job and on wage levels using the Households Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) longitudinal survey data. We find a positive effect of social capital on migrants' employment outcomes and wages, especially for women. Distinguishing employment into blue and white-collar jobs, we find that social capital only affects the probability of getting a white-collar job. These results suggest that promoting opportunities to create social capital has a beneficial effect on migrants' integration in the host country.
Subjects: 
immigrants
labour market
social capital
HILDA survey
Australia
JEL: 
F22
J01
J61
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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