The human capital selection of young males seeking asylum in Germany


Lange, Martin ; Pfeiffer, Friedhelm


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/46995
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-469959
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 18-040
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: F22 , J15 , J24,
Keywords (English): Immigrant selection , asylum seekers , human capital , family background , integration
Abstract: This study analyses the selection of recently arrived asylum seekers from Middle Eastern and African countries in Germany. The findings suggest that, on average, asylum seekers have 22 percent more years of schooling—the indicator used for human capital—when compared to same-aged persons from their country of origin. In addition, it is shown that asylum seekers in the sample often accumulated rather low or relatively high levels of schooling compared to same-aged persons in their countries of origin. This phenomenon is even more pronounced for parental education. It is demonstrated that the indicators of individual and parental human capital influence short-run integration outcomes in Germany, while work experience in the home country does not. The paper discusses potential economic explanations for the findings on immigrant selection and integration outcomes.

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Lange, Martin ; Pfeiffer, Friedhelm (2018) The human capital selection of young males seeking asylum in Germany. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 18-040 [Working paper]
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