The labour market impact of a high skilled migration wave: evidence following the abolition of the White Australia Policy

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Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics
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Event details

ACDE Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 07 April 2020
2.00pm–3.30pm

Venue

Online Seminar

Speaker

Toan Nguyen, Curtin University

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This paper examines the relative and individual level labour market impact on natives of high skilled migration. Exploiting three quasi experiments that exogenously shift the composition of migration to Australia in terms of country of origin, skill and age in favour of highly-educated young Asians, we are able to provide causal estimations. In contrast to existing national skill-cell studies, our results highlight positive impacts of immigrants on native Australian workers, including higher wages and fewer workers in part-time employment. Moreover, we find that individuals adjust to immigration inflows by relocating to other regions. Interestingly, this adjustment is heterogeneous across different skill groups of natives. We do not find evidence for the heterogeneous adjustments of different skill groups of natives in terms of occupational mobility and labour market participation status.

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