Are Asian Migrants Discriminated Against in the Labour Market? A Case Study of Australia
Pramod N. (Raja) Junankar, Satya Paul, Wahida Yasmeen
published in: Singapore Economic Review, 2010, 55 (4), 619-646
This paper explores the issue of discrimination against Asian migrants in the Australian
labour market using a unique panel data set, the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to
Australia (LSIA). This paper estimates models of the probability of being unemployed for
Asian and non-Asian migrants controlling for various characteristics including age, education,
and English language ability. More importantly, we control for the visa status of the migrants.
Our results suggest that there are significant "unexplained differences" for males that may be
ascribed to "discrimination" against Asian migrants. However, the results for females are
mixed: the evidence suggests that Asian females do worse than non-Asian females only in
the first year after arrival.
Text: See Discussion Paper No. 1167