Selection Criteria and the Skill Composition of Immigrants: A Comparative Analysis of Australian and U.S. Employment Immigration

Guillermina Jasso, Mark R. Rosenzweig

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    Abstract

    This chapter provides an analysis of the selection criteria and an empirical examination of the effects of different criteria on the actual skill composition of immigrants in a comparative analysis of the U.S. and Australian systems. It shows that geography matters in the sense that who a country's neighbors are, in terms of their level and type of development, has a significant effect on the size and skill composition of employment migrants. There is no evidence that the differences in the selection mechanism used to screen employment migrants in the two countries play a significant role in affecting the characteristics of skill migration.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationSkilled Immigration Today
    Subtitle of host publicationProspects, Problems, and Policies
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199852352
    ISBN (Print)9780195382433
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 21 2009

    Keywords

    • Australia
    • Employment migrants
    • Geography
    • Immigration system
    • Skill composition
    • United states

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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    Jasso, G., & Rosenzweig, M. R. (2009). Selection Criteria and the Skill Composition of Immigrants: A Comparative Analysis of Australian and U.S. Employment Immigration. In Skilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems, and Policies Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382433.003.0006