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Technological Change and Declining Immigrant Outcomes, Implications for Income Inequality in Canada

Casey Warman () and Christopher Worswick ()

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Abstract: The earnings and occupational task requirements of immigrants to Canada are analyzed. The growing education levels of immigrants in the 1990s have not led to a large improvement in earnings as one might expect if growing computerization was leading to a rising return to non-routine cognitive skills and a greater wage return to university education. Controlling for education, we find a pronounced cross-arrival cohort decline in earnings that coincided with cross cohort declines in cognitive task requirements and cross cohort increases in manual task requirements. The immigrant earnings outcomes had only a small effect on overall Canadian earnings inequality.

Keywords: Occupational mobility; Earnings; Language Proficiency; Skills; Human Capital; Immigration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J24 J31 J61 J62 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lma, nep-ltv and nep-mig
Date: 2014-11-25, Revised 2014-11-25
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