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The economics of high-skilled immigrants

Nguyen, Nhu Y (2024). The economics of high-skilled immigrants. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


In recent decades, immigrants with high levels of education have emerged as the main
source of labour supply, driven by the needs of many developed countries coping with their labour shortages and increasingly elderly populations. However, relatively limited research has been devoted to comprehending the economics of this particular labour market segment.

In Chapter 1, I conduct a comprehensive study on the association between the socioeconomic resources of native and immigrant parents and those of their children. In comparison with children of natives, the achievements of children of immigrants are less likely to depend on their parents’ occupation. More importantly, I find that parental education plays a more significant role in contributing to various achievements of immigrant children.

In Chapter 2, I study the effects of overseas graduates on the employment opportunities and wages of their domestic peers. In general, overseas graduates are not likely to exert a negative impact on employment opportunities and suppress the wages of domestic graduates.

Finally, the last chapter* studies the impact of immigration on the wages of native workers. This study overcomes the mismatch between immigrants’ educational level and their occupation by segmenting the labour market by industry, occupation, experience, and citizenship status.

We find a higher level of substitutability between immigrant and native workers compared to the literature. Ultimately, the increase in the share of immigrants in the labour market results in an increase in the wages of native workers.

*co-authored with Firat Yaman

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics
School of Policy & Global Affairs > School of Policy & Global Affairs Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses
[thumbnail of NhuY Thesis 2024.pdf] Text - Accepted Version
This document is not freely accessible until 31 May 2027 due to copyright restrictions.


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