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Family-friendly and human-capital-based immigration policy

Harriet Duleep and Mark Regets ()
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Harriet Duleep: College of William and Mary, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor, 2017, No 389, 389

Abstract: Immigrants who start with low earnings, such as family-based immigrants, experience higher earnings growth than immigrants who are recruited for specific jobs (employment-based immigrants). This occurs because family-based immigrants with lower initial earnings invest in human capital at higher rates than natives or employment-based immigrants. Therefore, immigrants who start at low initial earnings invest in new human capital that allows them to respond to the ever-changing needs of the host country’s economy.

Keywords: immigrant selection; immigration policy; earnings growth; human capital investment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J6 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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