Occupational transition and country-of-origin effects in the early stage occupational assimilation of immigrants: Some evidence from Australia

Weiping Kostenko, Mark Norman Harris, Xueyan Zhao

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We examine the occupational attainment of recent immigrants at 2 years post migration in order to study their early stage assimilation into the labour market in Australia. Human capital endowments and country-oforigin effects are examined for six occupational groups. We also study transitions across occupations from source to host country. The empirical approach utilizes the Ordered Generalized Extreme Value (OGEV) model which embodies differing utility functions across occupational outcomes, as well as accounting for any ordering in these outcomes. The results suggest that the transferability of knowledge and skills is affected by cultural and social backgrounds, and that non-Western immigrants are disproportionately channelled into inferior jobs post migration. The investigation of the country-of-origin effect on the skilled migrants occupational transition process is especially apt in the context of skill shortages in many host countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4019 - 4035
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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