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

Inwood, Kris, Minns, Chris ORCID: 0000-0003-1685-7757 and Summerfield, Fraser (2018) Occupational income scores and immigration assimilation. Evidence from the Canadian census. Working Papers 2018 (292). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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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 1911-1931 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: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2018 LSE
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J0 - General > J01 - Labor Economics: General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J11 - Demographic Trends and Forecasts
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2018 12:54
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:45
Funders: Canadian Research Data Centre Network, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canadian Institute for Health Research, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Statistics Canada

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