DP8653 Immigration and the School System

Author(s): Facundo Albornoz-Crespo, Antonio Cabrales, Esther Hauk
Publication Date: November 2011
Keyword(s): education, immigrant sorting, immigration, parental involvement, school resources
JEL(s): I20, I21, I28, J24, J61
Programme Areas: Labour Economics, Public Economics
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Immigration is an important problem in many societies, and it has wide-ranging e ects on the educational systems of host countries. There is a now a large empirical literature, but very little theoretical work on this topic. We introduce a model of family immigration in a framework where school quality and student outcomes are determined endogenously. This allows us to explain the selection of immigrants in terms of parental motivation and the policies which favor a positive selection. Also, we can study the e ect of immigration on the school system and how school quality may self-reinforce immigrants' and natives' choices.