The relative labour market performance of former international students: Evidence from the Canadian National Graduates Survey
Zong Jia Chen and
No 11, CLEF Working Paper Series from Canadian Labour Economics Forum (CLEF), University of Waterloo
Canada is increasingly looking to international students as a source of postsecondary tuition revenues and new immigrants. By 2014, international students accounted for 10% of graduates from Canadian postsecondary institutions, up from 3% in 2000, and 11% of new permanent residents, up from 7% in 2010. This article compares the labour market performance of former international students (FISs) entering the Canadian labour market during the first decade of the 2000s to their Canadian-born-and-educated (CBE) and foreign-born-and-educated (FBE) counterparts. We find that FISs outperform FBE immigrants by a substantial margin and un- derperform CBE individuals graduating from similar academic programs by a relatively modest margin. We also find some limited evidence, particularly among women, of a deterioration in FIS outcomes through the 2000s relative to both comparison groups. We argue that this de- terioration is consistent with a quality tradeoff as postsecondary institutions and governments have reached deeper into international student pools to meet their demands for students and new immigrants without a commensurate increase in their supply.
Keywords: International students; labour market integration; immigrant selection policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 J61 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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