Does immigration affect the long-term educational outcomes of natives? Quasi-experimental evidence

Eric D. Gould*, Victor Lavy, M. Daniele Paserman

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Abstract

This article uses the mass migration wave to Israel in the 1990s to examine the impact of immigrant concentration during elementary school on the long-term academic outcomes of native students in high school. The results suggest that the overall presence of immigrants in a grade had an adverse effect on the chances of passing the high school matriculation exam, which is necessary to attend college. This result is robust to a variety of alternative specifications. We also perform a 'placebo' analysis which shows that the high school outcomes of natives are affected only by the immigrant concentration in their own 5th grade class.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1243-1269
Number of pages27
JournalEconomic Journal
Volume119
Issue number540
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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