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Intergenerational Earnings Mobility among the Children of Canadian Immigrants

By Abdurrahman Aydemir, Wen-Hao Chen and Miles Corak


The intergenerational earnings mobility of Canadians born to immigrants is examined 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 seventy countries. The degree of intergenerational persistence 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. Copyright by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

DOI identifier: 10.1162/rest.91.2.377
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