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Author Basilio, Leilanie ♦ Bauer, Thomas K.
Source EconStor
Content type Text
Publisher Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Economics
Subject Keyword Human capital ♦ rate of return ♦ immigration ♦ assimilation ♦ Humankapital ♦ Wissenstransfer ♦ Migranten ♦ Bevölkerung ♦ Bildungsertrag ♦ Soziale Integration ♦ Lohnstruktur ♦ Schätzung ♦ Deutschland ♦ Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers ♦ Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials ♦ Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
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 labor market experience accumulated in the home countries of the immigrants receive significantly lower returns than human capital obtained in Germany. We further find evidence for heterogeneity in the returns to human capital of immigrants across origin countries. Finally, imperfect human capital transferability appears to be a major factor in explaining the wage differential between natives and immigrants.
ISBN 9783867881838
Part of series Ruhr Economic Papers x164
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-01-01
Publisher Place Essen
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