Ana Ferrer

Research Fellow

University of Waterloo

Ana Ferrer graduated from Boston University in 1999 and is currently a full professor at the University of Waterloo.

Her research developed in Canada and focuses on labour markets, with an emphasis on immigration and family outcomes. Her work on immigration includes research on different aspects of the labour market premium attached to immigrant credentials and other skills brought by immigrants to Canada. Her work on family economics regards the impact of housing on child development and the incidence of family friendly benefits. At the intersection of both fields she has investigated the fertility of Canadian immigrants and its consequences for the integration of immigrant women in society. Her current research is concerned with the effects of linguistic fluency on immigrant economic outcomes. This work has been published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Population Studies, Labour Economics, International Migration Review, the Journal of Human Resources the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Canadian Journal of Economics and Canadian Public Policy.

She is the Director of the Canadian Labour Economics Forum (CLEF) and Assistant Treasurer of the Canadian Economic Association, member of the Children Migration Network at Princeton University. She is also an external Research Fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at the University College of London.

Ana joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2017.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11344

We examine data from Australia, Canada, and the U.S. to inform the potential for immigrant screening policies to influence the labour market performance of skilled immigrants. Our estimates point to improvements in employment rates and weekly earnings of male university‐educated immigrants in all three countries concomitant with skilled immigration policy...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9499

This paper contributes to the analysis of the integration of immigrants in the Canadian labour market by focusing in two relatively new dimensions. We combine the large samples of the restricted version of the Canadian Census (1991-2006) with both a new measure of linguistic proximity of the immigrant's mother tongue...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8925

Using a recent survey of immigrants to France, we provide a detailed analysis of the educational attainment and labor market performance of various sub-population groups in France. Our results indicate that immigrants to France are less educated than the native born and that these differences can be tracked down to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8682

Canada's immigration system is currently undergoing significant change driven by several goals that include (1) a desire to improve the economic outcomes of entering immigrants; (2) an attempt to better respond to short-term regional labor market shortages often associated with commodity booms, and (3) a desire to shift immigration away...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8407
forthcoming in: Labour Economics

We use the confidential files of the 1991-2006 Canadian Census, combined with information from O*NET on the skill requirements of jobs, to explore whether Canadian immigrant women behave as secondary workers, remaining marginally attached to the labour market and experiencing little career progression over time. Our results show that the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7982
published in: Barry R. Chiswick and Paul W. Miller (eds.), Handbook on the Economics of International Immigration, 1A, Elsevier, 2015

This is a draft chapter for B. R. Chiswick and P. W. Miller (eds.) Handbook on the Economics of International Migration. It discusses some of the data and methodological challenges to estimating trends in family formation and union dissolution as well as fertility among immigrants, and examines the evidence collected...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7289
revised version forthcoming as 'The Fertility of Married Immigrant Women to Canada' in: International Migration Review [Online First]

In this paper we examine the fertility experience of immigrants during their first years in Canada. Fertility decisions at the time of arrival may be crucial in determining immigrants' economic assimilation into the new country, as households with infants usually face large expenses and are constrained in the amount of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5577

The unemployment protection systems that exist in most Latin American economies are generally considered inadequate in terms of providing insurance to workers. They may also encourage stratified labor markets and impose barriers to the employee’s mobility and the firm's adjustment to changing labor market conditions. In addition, some of these...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5552
published as 'Factors Influencing the Fertility Choices of Child Immigrants in Canada' in: Population Studies: A Journal of Demography, 2014, 68(1), 65-79

This paper explores the fertility decisions of Canadian immigrants using a 20 percent sample of the Canadian Census of Population for the years 1991 through 2006. We focus on those individuals that migrated as children and on their age at arrival to assess their process of assimilation in terms of...