Immigrants’ educational disadvantage: an examination across ten countries and three surveys


Schnepf, Sylke Viola (2007) Immigrants’ educational disadvantage: an examination across ten countries and three surveys. Journal of Population Economics, 20, (3), 527-545. (doi:10.1007/s00148-006-0102-y).

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Studies on immigrants’ disadvantage focus predominantly on labour market perspectives. Immigrants’ poor education is a subject much less examined especially in a cross-national context. This paper examines differences in educational achievement between immigrants and natives across ten OECD countries. In English-speaking countries, immigrants fare best, while in Continental European countries they fare worse compared to natives. Whilst language skills seem to explain immigrants’ disadvantage in English-speaking countries, socioeconomic background and school segregation are further important determinants of immigrants’ gap in Continental Europe. Results presented are predominantly robust across three sources of achievement data: PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0933-1433 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 39723
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:25
Contact Email Address: S.V.Schnepf@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/39723

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