Do better pre-migration skills accelerate immigrants’ wage assimilation?

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Do better pre-migration skills accelerate immigrants’ wage assimilation? / Hirsch, Boris; Jahn, Elke J.; Toomet, Ott et al.

in: Labour Economics, Jahrgang 30, Nr. 1, 01.10.2014, S. 212-222.

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Hirsch B, Jahn EJ, Toomet O, Hochfellner D. Do better pre-migration skills accelerate immigrants’ wage assimilation? Labour Economics. 2014 Okt 1;30(1):212-222. doi: 10.1016/j.labeco.2014.04.004

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abstract = "This paper analyzes wage assimilation of ethnic German immigrants to Germany using unique administrative data that include an administrative estimate of immigrants' expected wage in Germany at the time of migration. We find that a 10% higher wage potential translates into a 1.6% higher wage in Germany when also controlling for educational attainment, thus pointing at partial transferability of pre-migration skills to the host country's labor market. We also document that wage assimilation is significantly accelerated for immigrants with higher wage potentials. Our results are both in line with complementarities between pre-migration skills and host country-specific human capital and a U-shaped pattern of immigrants' job mobility with initial downgrading and subsequent upgrading.",
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