Immigration, search, and loss of skill

Weiss, Yoram, Sauer, Robert M. and Gotlibovski, Menachem (2003) Immigration, search, and loss of skill. Journal of Labor Economics, 21, (3), 557-591. (doi:10.1086/374959).


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This article develops and estimates an on-the-job search model of the entry of highly skilled immigrants from the former Soviet Union into the Israeli labor market. The estimated parameters of the model, together with information on the wages of immigrants from earlier waves, imply that, on average, immigrants can expect lifetime earnings to fall short of the lifetime earnings of comparable natives by 57%.

Of this figure, 14 percentage points reflect frictions associated with nonemployment and job distribution mismatch, and 43 percentage points reflect the gradual adaptation of imported schooling and experience to the local labor market.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1086/374959
ISSNs: 0734-306X (print)
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 35077
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:02

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