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Intergenerational mobility and self-selection of asylum seekers in Germany

Michael Kolb, Guido Neidhöfer () and Friedhelm Pfeiffer

No 19-027, ZEW Discussion Papers from ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Abstract: We exploit a novel survey of recently arrived asylum seekers in Germany in order to estimate the degree of intergenerational mobility in education among refugees and compare it to the educational mobility of similar-aged individuals in their region of origin. The findings show that the refugees in our sample display high rates of educational mobility, and that their upward mobility is rather high when compared to the reference group in their region of origin. These results suggest that there exists positive skill selection among recently arrived refugees in Germany.

Keywords: immigrant selection; asylum seekers; human capital; family background (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J15 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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