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Selecting Economic Immigrants: A Statistical Approach

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dc.contributor.author McHale, John en
dc.contributor.author Rogers, Keith en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-20T14:25:55Z en
dc.date.available 2010-05-20T14:25:55Z en
dc.date.issued 2009-09 en
dc.identifier.citation McHale, J., & Rogers, K. (2009). "Selecting Economic Immigrants: A Statistical Approach": School of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/1119 en
dc.description.abstract There is growing international interest in a Canadian-style points system for selecting economic immigrants. Although existing points systems are influenced by the human capital literature, the findings have traditionally been incorporated in an ad hoc way. This paper explores a formal method for designing a points system based on a human capital earnings regression for predicting immigrant economic success. The method is implemented for Canada using the IMDB, a longitudinal database that combines information on immigrants¿ characteristics at arrival with their subsequent income performance as reported on tax returns. We demonstrate the feasibility of the method by developing an illustrative points system. We also explore how the selection system can be improved by incorporating additional information such as countryof- origin characteristics and intended occupations. We discuss what our findings imply for the debate about the relative merits of points- and employment-based systems for selecting economic immigrants. en
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dc.publisher National University of Ireland, Galway en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Papers;0145 en
dc.subject Economics en
dc.subject Economic Immigrants en
dc.title Selecting Economic Immigrants: A Statistical Approach en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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