Intergenerational Earnings Mobility among the Children of Canadian Immigrants

Miles Corak, Statistics Canada
Abdurrahman Aydemir, Statistics Canada
Wen-Hao Chen, Statistics Canada

We analyze the intergenerational income mobility of Canadians born to immigrants using the 2001 Census. A detailed portrait of the Canadian population is offered, as are estimates of the degree of generational mobility among the children of immigrants from 70 countries. The degree of persistence as estimated in regression to the mean models is about the same for immigrants as for the entire population, and there is more generational mobility among immigrants in Canada than in the United States. We also use quantile regressions to distinguish between the role of social capital from other constraints limiting mobility and find that these are present and associated with father’s education.

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Presented in Session 142: Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility