Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 501–534 | Cite as

Immigration, skills and the labor market: International evidence

  • Lawrence M. Kahn


Using the 1994–1998 International Adult Literacy Survey, this paper compares cognitive skills and employment of immigrants in Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States. Immigrants had lower cognitive test scores than natives in each country, with the largest gaps in the US, and small gaps in Canada and New Zealand. Male immigrants in the US were no less likely to work than natives, while in the other countries, male immigrants were less likely to be employed. Female immigrants were less likely in each country to be employed than natives, with an especially large gap for the US.

JEL classification

J24 J61 

Key words

Human capital immigrant workers 


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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Labor EconomicsCornell University and CESifoIthacaUSA

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