Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/99956
Authors: 
Basilio, Leilanie
Bauer, Thomas K.
Kramer, Anica
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 671
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the transferability of human capital across countries and the contribution of imperfect human capital portability to the explanation of the immigrant-native wage gap. Using data for West Germany, our results reveal that, overall, education and in particular labor market experience accumulated in the home countries of the immigrants receive signifiantly lower returns than human capital obtained in Germany. We further find evidence for heterogeneity in the returns to human capital of immigrants across countries. Finally, imperfect human capital transferability appears to be a major factor in explaining the wage differential between natives and immigrants.
Subjects: 
Human Capital
Rate of Return
Immigration
Assimilation
JEL: 
J61
J31
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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