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dc.contributor.advisorStillman, Steven
dc.contributor.advisorViitanen, Tarja
dc.contributor.advisorGenç, Murat
dc.contributor.authorSeah, Kah Cheng Kelvin
dc.date.available2014-09-21T22:58:05Z
dc.date.copyright2014
dc.identifier.citationSeah, K. C. K. (2014). Three Essays on the Non-Labour Market Impacts of Immigration (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4984en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/4984
dc.description.abstractThis thesis consists of three stand-alone but related empirical studies. Each of them explores how the presence or the arrival of immigrants to a country affects the non-labour market outcomes of residents in that country. The first study (Chapter 2) investigates whether immigration shocks have a causal effect on native fertility patterns. It uses a natural experiment, exploiting the large, unexpected and localised immigration of Cuban nationals to the Miami area in the United States in 1980 in order to examine the fertility consequences for Miami women. Using synthetic control estimators and an extended individual difference-in-differences analysis, the results suggest that low-skilled immigration shocks have a short-term negative impact on the fertility decisions and outcomes of natives. Fertility effects, however, are found to vary by residential tenure. While the immigration shock had a considerable negative impact on the fertility of women living in rented homes, it had practically no effect on those living in owned homes. This differential impact is likely due to the rise in local housing rents accompanying immigration, making childbearing less affordable for those living in rented homes. The second study (Chapter 3) analyses how foreign-born teachers affect the academic achievements of secondary school students in the United States, using data from the 1988 wave of the National Education Longitudinal Study. Contrary to popular belief, results from school fixed effects and within-student between-subject regressions indicate that, overall, foreign teachers do not have an adverse impact on the educational achievement of students. In fact, there is even some evidence that these teachers actually enhance native students' achievement. The overall non-negative effects are driven mainly by the positive effects of foreign White teachers on native students' achievement. The final study (Chapter 4) examines how the presence of immigrant pupils affects the academic achievement of native peers when the parents of immigrants are relatively skilled. To answer this, the peer effects of immigrants from 3 major immigrant-receiving countries – Australia, Canada, and the United States – are evaluated and compared. Using an internationally comparable dataset, results from non-parametric regressions and within-school estimations indicate that the effects of immigrants are dissimilar across the 3 countries. While exposure to immigrant peers has a positive impact on the academic achievements of Australian natives, it has a negative impact on the achievements of Canadian natives. There is little evidence that exposure to immigrant peers has an effect on the achievements of U.S. natives. The result for Canada suggests that even if immigrant students have relatively skilled parents, this does not guarantee that they will have non-adverse impacts on peers' academic outcomes. How immigrants affect their peers is found to depend, as well, and perhaps more importantly, on institutional factors such as the way in which countries organise their educational systems. That said, within countries, improvements in the quality of immigrant children – as measured by parental education, language proficiency, and host-country-specific human capital – are found indeed to lessen any negative effects which these children potentially impose on the educational achievements of their peers.
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dc.subjectImmigration
dc.subjectNon-Labour Market Impacts
dc.subjectNative Fertility
dc.subjectAcademic Achievement
dc.subjectForeign Teachers
dc.subjectImmigrant Peers
dc.titleThree Essays on the Non-Labour Market Impacts of Immigration
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2014-09-19T04:39:12Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineEconomics
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
otago.openaccessOpen
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