Immigrant job satisfaction: the Australian experience

Kifle, T., Kler, P. and Shankar, S. (2016) Immigrant job satisfaction: the Australian experience. International Journal of Manpower, 37 1: 99-114. doi:10.1108/IJM-02-2014-0053

Author Kifle, T.
Kler, P.
Shankar, S.
Title Immigrant job satisfaction: the Australian experience
Journal name International Journal of Manpower   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0143-7720
Publication date 2016
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/IJM-02-2014-0053
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 99
End page 114
Total pages 16
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
– The purpose of this paper is to study the level of job satisfaction among Australian immigrants relative to the native-born over time as a measure of their labour market assimilation.

– Using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia panel data set, six measures of job satisfaction are tested using the random effects Generalised Least Squares method with a Mundlak correction. Labour market assimilation is defined by “years since arrival” and also via cohort effects.

– The authors find statistical evidence of general job dissatisfaction amongst immigrants in Australia relative to the native-born, driven mainly by non-English Speaking Background (NESB) immigrants, though this dissipates for long-term immigrants, irrespective of English Speaking Background (ESB) or NESB status. Econometric results strengthen these results though improvements over time are only strongly evident for NESB immigrants, whilst results for ESB immigrants remain mixed, and is dependent on the definition of “assimilation”.

– This paper extends the immigrant labour market assimilation literature by introducing job satisfaction as a measure of assimilation.
Keyword Labour market
Panel data
Job satisfaction
Immigrant assimilation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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