Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Portability of Human Capital and Immigrant Overeducation in Spain
Author: Sanromà, Esteve
Ramos Lobo, Raúl
Simón Pérez, Hipólito J.
Keywords: Recursos humans
Mercat de treball
Formació ocupacional
Educació no-formal
Human capital
Labor market
Occupational training
Non-formal education
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2014
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Abstract: The literature on immigrant assimilation highlights the imperfect portability of the human capital acquired by immigrants in their country of origin, which accounts for their low levels of labor market integration upon arrival in the new country, as well as their initially wide earnings gap. Recent studies have examined this issue from the perspective of overeducation. This study analyzes the portability of immigrants' human capital into the Spanish job market according to their geographic origin. Spain's immigrants originate from a highly varied range of countries, with origins as diverse as Latin America, the Maghreb and Eastern Europe. Here, the use of public microdata files from the Spanish Census permits us to identify up to six regions of immigrant origin comprising developed countries and developing economies, distinguishing, furthermore, different regions of origin on the basis of their language and level of development. The results obtained indicate differing degrees of transferability of human capital depending on geographic origin, with transferability being greater for immigrants from countries that are highly developed or which have a similar culture or language and lower for those from developing countries and with more distant cultures. As an immigrant's period of residence in Spain is prolonged, integration does take place but the pace is slow (between 7 and 9 years).
Note: Versió postprint del document publicat a:
It is part of: Population Research and Policy Review, 2014, vol. 34, num. 2, p. 223-241
Related resource:
ISSN: 0167-5923
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Econometria, Estadística i Economia Aplicada)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
642466.pdf115.98 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.