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Training and the Earnings of Immigrant Males: Evidence from the Canadian Workplace and Employee Survey

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To improve on the existing research on earnings differentials between visible minority immigrants and the native-born, and on the role of discrimination in producing that difference. To do this we introduce into the analysis: (1) access to training and (2) training effects on earnings growth. Method.

Using a panel data set containing information on training we test cross-sectional models of access to training, cross-sectional models of wage determination, and panel models of wage growth. Results.

Visible minority immigrants are disadvantaged in both access to training and earnings; education reduces the disadvantage; and they do better than the other two groups in wage growth. Conclusions.

Some results are consistent with a discrimination interpretation but, considered together, the complete sets of results are difficult to reconcile with any relatively straightforward discrimination account.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: McGill University

Publication date: 2005-12-01

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