Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 663–690 | Cite as

Post-migration investments in education and job search: a family perspective

  • Deborah Cobb-Clark
  • Marie D. Connolly
  • Christopher WorswickEmail author
Original Paper


This paper examines post-migration investments in schooling and job search of immigrant families using new longitudinal data for Australia. Higher education levels at the time of arrival are associated with a greater probability of enrolling in school after migration. In households where the visa category would suggest that post-migration investments might be important, we find higher rates of school enrolment and job search. Traditional gender roles appear to dictate which partner makes the investments in formal schooling. However, labour market advantage, captured by principal applicant status, appears to dictate which partner makes greater investments in job search.


Immigrants Human capital investments Job search 

JEL Classification

J61 J22 J60 



The authors would like to thank Heather Antecol, Julian Betts, Thomas Crossley, Ted McDonald, Mark Regets and three anonymous referees for helpful suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Cobb-Clark
    • 1
  • Marie D. Connolly
    • 2
  • Christopher Worswick
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Economics Program and Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research Centre, Research School of Social SciencesThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsChatham CollegePittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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