CEPII, Recherche et Expertise sur l'economie mondiale
Vendredi 7 décembre 2012
9am-6pm - OCDE
Immigration in OECD countries - Conference

This year, the conference will focus on Selecting and integrating skilled migrants.

 Second annual Conference on

Selecting and integrating skilled migrants


7 December 2012
OECD Conference Centre, Paris

Online registration
The educational attainment of immigrants in OECD countries has been increasing significantly over the past two decades. This is the result of a combination of higher educational attainment in origin countries and a growing focus on skilled labour migration in destination countries. Yet, labour shortages persist and are expected to grow in many OECD countries for several types of skills. In parallel, there is a large and growing discrepancy between immigrants’ formal qualifications and the type of jobs they perform, although not all groups of migrants are equally affected. In 2005/06, 36% of employed migrants from low/middle-income countries with a university degree were working in intermediate or low-skilled jobs, compared with 21% for native-born workers. A similar phenomenon is also observed among medium-educated migrants. There are several possible reasons behind this, including language difficulties, and uncertainty about the value of qualifications and work experience acquired in the origin country. Yet, also native-born offspring of immigrants often face lower returns to their qualifications, pointing to other, structural obstacles such as lack of knowledge about labour market functioning and lack of networks, as well as discrimination.
This conference aims at shedding some light on the measurement and utilisation of migrants’ skills, the reasons behind the observed lower returns for migrants to observable skills and differences in these returns among migrant groups and skills levels. It also intends to discuss the effectiveness of policies to select and retain skilled migrants, as well as of policies to make better use of the skills of migrants - including through the assessment and recognition of qualifications and work experience obtained abroad.
The conference is jointly organised by the OECD, the French research center in international economics (CEPII) and its Club, the research team Equippe of the University of Lille, the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti, the University of Luxemburg and IRES (Université Catholique de Louvain).
Call for papers

This conference is organized by: Xavier Chojnicki (CEPII ; EQUIPPE ; Université Lille 2), Jean-Christophe Dumont (OECD), Maëlan Le Goff (CEPII), Lionel Ragot (CEPII ; Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense).
10:00-10:30 -  Welcome address
Auditorium, simultaneous translation in English and French
Christophe DESTAIS (CEPII Director)
and Stefano SCARPETTA (Deputy Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD)
10:30-11:30 - Keynote Address
Auditorium, simultaneous translation in English and French
Barry CHISWICK (George Washington University, Washington DC)
"The Impact of Surplus Skills on Earnings: Extending the Over-Education Model to Language Proficiency"
Moderator: Stefano SCARPETTA
11:30-13:00 - Parallel Sessions 1
1A - International Mobility of Students and Academics
Room CC18
Chair: Lionel RAGOT (Paris Ouest University and CEPII)
1) Patrick GAULÉ (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Return Migration: Evidence from Academic Scientists
Discussant: Chiara FRANZONI

2) Chiara FRANZONI (Politecnico di Milano), Giuseppe SCELLATO and Paula STEPHAN
The Movers’ Advantage: Scientific Performance of Mobile Academics
Discussant: Romain NOËL
3) Michel BEINE, Romain NOËL (University of Lille) and Lionel RAGOT
The determinants of International Mobility of Students
Discussant: Patrick GAULÉ
1B - Education and Labour Market Outcome of Immigrants and Their Children (I)
Chair: Tito BOERI (University of Bocconi)
1) Steinar STRØM, Alessandra VENTURINI (Università di Torino) and Claudia VILLOSIO
Are Internal Migrants more Assimilated than Foreign Ones?
Discussant: Mehtap AKGUC

2) Mehtap AKGUC (IZA Bonn) and Ana FERRER
Educational Attainment and Labor Market Performance: an Analysis of First Generation Immigrants in France
Discussant: Moritz BONN

3) Moritz BONN (University of Siegen)
Cultural Integration of Migrants and Immigration Policy
Discussant: Alessandra VENTURINI
13:00-14:30 – Break
14:30-16:00 - Parallel Sessions 2
2A - International Transferability of Skills (I)
Room CC18
Chair: Frederic DOCQUIER (Université Catholique de Louvain)
1) Stuart CAMPBELL (University of London)
Over-Education Among A8 Migrants in the UK
Discussant: Isabelle CHORT

2) Isabelle CHORT (University Paris Dauphine)
Migrant Network and Immigrants' Occupational Mismatch
Discussant: Stuart CAMPBELL

2B – Migration Policy, Network and Selection
Chair: Michel Beine (University of Luxembourg)
Visa Policies, Networks and the Cliff at the Border
Discussant: Benjamin ELSNER
2) Benjamin ELSNER (IZA), Gaia NARCISO and Jacco J. J. THIJSSEN
Migrant Networks and the Spread of Misinformation
Discussant: Joachim JARREAU

3) Joachim JARREAU (University Paris 1)
The Impact of Resident Status Regulations on Immigrants' Labor Supply: Evidence for France
Discussant: Simone BERTOLI
16:00-16:30 - Coffee Break
16:30-18:00 - Parallel Sessions 3
3A - International Transferability of Skills (II)
Chair: Xavier CHOJNICKI (University of Lille and CEPII)

1) Mariya ALEKSYNSKA (ILO) and Ahmed TRITAH
Occupation-Education Mismatch of Immigrant Workers in Europe: Context and Policies
Discussant: Ott TOOMET

2) Boris HIRSCH, Elke J. JAHN, Ott TOOMET (IAB) and Daniela HOCHFELLNER
Assimilating to the Country of the Fathers: Can Immigrants Transfer their Human Capital?
Discussant: Ana DAMAS

The Qualifications of Immigrants: an Overview
Discussant: Mariya ALEKSYNSKA

3B - Education and Labour Market Outcome of Immigrants and Their Children (II)
Room CC18
Chair: Hubert JAYET (EQUIPPE; University of Lille)

1) Ingo E. ISPHORDING (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Returns to Local and Foreign Language Skill: Causal Evidence from Spain
Discussant: Simone SCHÜLLER

2) Simone SCHÜLLER (IZA)
Parental Ethnic Identity and Educational Attainment of Second-Generation Immigrants
Discussant: Michele PELLIZZARI

Moving to Segregation: Evidence from 8 Italian cities
Discussant: Ingo E. ISPHORDING

Persons with names in bold will be presenting.

Sophie Piton (CEPII)
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