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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: July 2007


Local EPrints ID: 39723
ISSN: 0933-1433
PURE UUID: 59c7d76c-483c-40a4-8f04-639418789780

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Date deposited: 13 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:35

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