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Occupational income scores and immigrant assimilation. Evidence from the Canadian census

Inwood, Kris, Minns, Chris ORCID: 0000-0003-1685-7757 and Summerfield, Fraser (2019) Occupational income scores and immigrant assimilation. Evidence from the Canadian census. Explorations in Economic History, 72. pp. 114-122. ISSN 0014-4983

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.eeh.2019.02.001


Little evidence is available to assess the effect of substituting occupation-based income scores for individual incomes before 1940. The example of immigrant assimilation in Canada 1911–31 reveals differences in the extent and even the direction of assimilation depending on whether income scores are used and how the occupational income score is constructed. Given the increasingly wide use of income scores, we summarize a number of procedures to address the limitations associated with the absence of individual level income variation. An adjustment of conventional income scores for either group earnings differences and/or intertemporal change using summary information for broad groups of occupations reduces the deviation between scores and actual incomes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Elsevier Inc
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 00:13
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2024 03:42

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