Immigration, Occupation, Education and Their Influence on the Human Capital in Israel

Efrat Averbach, Aviad Tur-Sinai

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In recent years the world has been experiencing immigration in large scales. The globalization process and policies of open borders encouraged international migration. In this perspective Israel's experience seems to be valuable and insightful. This paper aims to explore the differences between the Human Capital of the Israeliborn and immigrants within the Jorgenson and Fraumeni (1989) model calculated for Israel's 1995 and 2008 Censuses. Our results show that immigrants in their first years after arriving to Israel do not work in an occupation that fits their education, a fact that influences their Human Capital which is lower then that of the Israeli-born. However, with the passage of years, some of the new immigrants were able to find an occupation that matched their education and to integrate in the local job market. Imputation of education level by occupation de facto, narrowed the gap between the Human Capita of immigrants and Human capital of Israeli natives, but it is still not closed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 31st General Conference of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth
Place of PublicationSt. Gallen, Switzerland
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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