Labor mobility of immigrants: Training, experience, language, and opportunities

Sarit Cohen-Goldner, Zvi Eckstein

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This article analyzes the labor mobility and human capital accumulation of male immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel. We estimate a dynamic choice model for employment and training in blue- and white-collar occupations, where the labor market randomly offered opportunities are affected by past choices. The estimated model accurately reproduces the patterns in the data. The estimated direct earning return to local training, local experience, and knowledge of Hebrew are very high, whereas imported skills have zero (conditional) return. The welfare gain from the impact of training on job offer probabilities is larger than its effect on wages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-872
Number of pages36
JournalInternational Economic Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2008


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