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Skills Mismatch and Informal Sector Participation among Educated Immigrants: Evidence from South Africa

30 October 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Speaker: Dr Asha Sundaram and
Dr Amos Peters (School of Economics, University of Cape Town)
Date: Thursday, 30 October   
: 12:30 – 13:30
Venue: VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

Using South African census data, we show that immigrants with tertiary education from different origin country groups differ in their likelihood of obtaining a skilled job.  Immigrants from advanced country groups outperform native internal migrants, while those from many African country groups underperform them.  

Immigrants with advanced degrees from certain country groups are also more likely to be employed in unskilled, informal sector jobs.  Variation in outcomes across origin country groups is smaller at higher levels of education.  We further explore characteristics of origin country groups correlated with immigrant outcomes.  Our results suggest under-utilization of immigrant skills, which has particular implications for emerging economies grappling with skills shortages.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban

RSVP by 29 October
Cape Town: Jean Witten (021) 466  8004,   12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: Ridhwaan Khan (031) 242 5400,   1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Arlene Grossberg (012) 302 2811,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria