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Immigration and the school system

Cabrales, A; Hauk, E; Albornoz, F; (2018) Immigration and the school system. Economic Theory , 65 pp. 855-890. 10.1007/s00199-017-1041-4. Green open access

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This paper presents a tractable model to study the effect of immigration on host countries’ school system and student outcomes. In our model, education quality and student outcomes are determined endogenously by the interaction of parents, schools and policy-makers deciding educational resources. Immigration decisions are based on economic factors, immigration policy, as well as on “parental motivation” (parents’ concerns about their children education achievement). The model yields results that are consistent with central empirical regularities of the school effects of immigration: (1) there is a negative effect of immigrant pupils on native students; (2) the increasing shares of immigrant students are associated with the decline of school resources and quality; (3) the school performance of immigrant children is positively associated with immigration costs; and (4) school achievement increases in parental motivation and those immigrant children with highly motivated parents tend to outperform native children. Importantly, our analysis clarifies under which conditions these empirical regularities take place and emphasizes that the effect of immigration on native pupils is mediated by the way the school system reacts to changes in class composition.

Type: Article
Title: Immigration and the school system
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s00199-017-1041-4
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00199-017-1041-4
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2017. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: education, immigration, school resources, education quality, parental involvement, immigrant sorting
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1544206
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