Team Members Win AIR/PIAAC Research Funding

William Smith and Frank Fernandez are receiving a research funding award from the American Institutes for Research (supported by the National Center for Education Statistics) for their forthcoming work titled, “A Comparative Study of Immigrant and Native Employees in the United States and Canada.”  Their research project will use data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to examine whether, after matching on occupation, there are wage differences between native citizens and immigrants with similar skills, cognitive abilities, and education levels. The U.S. and Canada comparison is important, given that the United States and Canada receive more than half of all OECD immigrants and two-thirds of the OECD immigrants who have attended tertiary institutions. The research will specifically examine whether there are differences in the educational attainment of immigrants in the United States and Canada, how immigrants differ from natives in terms of educational attainment, cognitive abilities, and technological skills, and examine whether the factors that influence wage disparities differ between countries.

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