You are here

The myth of immigrant women as secondary workers: Evidence from Canada

TitleThe myth of immigrant women as secondary workers: Evidence from Canada
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsAdsera, A., and Ferrer A. M.
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Volume104
Pages360 - 364
Date PublishedMay
Keywordseconomics of gender, economics of minorities, human capital, immigrants, indigenous peoples, labor productivity, non-labour discrimination, occupational choice, races, skills
Abstract

We use the confidential files of the Canadian Census 1991-2006, combined with information from O*NET on the skill requirements of jobs, to show that the labor market patterns of female immigrants do not fit the profile of secondary workers, but rather conform to the recent experience of married native women with rising participation (and wage assimilation). At best, only relatively uneducated immigrant women in unskilled occupations may fit the profile of secondary workers. Educated immigrant women experience skill assimilation over time: a reduction in physical strength and a gradual increase in analytical skills required in their jobs relative to natives.

URLhttps://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/aer.104.5.360&fnd=s
DOI10.1257/aer.104.5.360
Document URLhttps://www.aeaweb.org/atypon.php?return_to=/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/aer.104.5.360