A comparative analysis of the nativity wealth gap

Thomas K. Bauer*, Deborah A. Cobb-Clark, Vincent A. Hildebrand, Mathias G. Sinning

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    We investigate the relative wealth position of immigrant households residing in Australia, Germany, and the United States. In Germany and the United States, wealth differentials stem from differences in the educational attainment and demographic characteristics of the native and immigrant populations, rather than income differentials. In contrast, the small nativity wealth gap in Australia exists because immigrants to Australia do not translate their relative educational and demographic advantage into a wealth advantage. Overall, we find substantial disparity in the economic well-being of immigrant and native families which is largely consistent with domestic labor markets and immigration policies. (JEL F22, D31)

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)989-1007
    Number of pages19
    JournalEconomic Inquiry
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


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