The Effect of Literacy on Immigrant Earnings (2004)

Using data on literacy test scores and standard labour market variables, the authors of this document try to understand why immigrants earn less than their Canadian-born counterparts.

The authors found that those born in Canada score higher on literacy tests than do immigrants. However, both immigrants and those born in Canada appear to get the same economic return on their literacy skills.

A bigger factor in the earnings gap seems to be low returns on experience acquired outside Canada, the authors note, and those low returns are not related to literacy differences. The authors say that experience acquired abroad may not be as “usable” in Canada.

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2010-06-25
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David A. Green, Ana Ferrer and W.Craig Riddell. The Effect of Literacy on Immigrant Earnings 2004. Web. 28 May. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/stats/effect/effect.pdf>
David A. Green, Ana Ferrer & W.Craig Riddell (2004). The Effect of Literacy on Immigrant Earnings. Retrieved May 28, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/stats/effect/effect.pdf
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