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Immigration and Labor Market Mobility in Israel, 1990 to 2009

Sarit Cohen Goldner, Zvi Eckstein, and Yoram Weiss

Publication Year: 2012

A study of the labor market integration of highly skilled Soviet immigrants to Israel that formulates dynamic models of job search and human capital investment.

Published by: The MIT Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v-viii

List of Tables

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pp. ix-xii

List of Figures

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pp. xiii-xiv

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pp. xv-xvi

This book is the outcome of fifteen years of data gathering and research led by Zvi Eckstein and Yoram Weiss. The project includes several research papers and the PhD dissertations of Chemi Gotlibovski (1997) and Sarit Cohen Goldner (2002), most of which are included in this book. ...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-14

The unexpected collapse of the Soviet regime in 1989 led to a dramatic change in the country’s emigration policy, which now permitted its citizens to emigrate freely. In particular, Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU) were now able to immigrate to Israel without restriction. ...

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2. The Aggregate Macroeconomic Impact of a Large Inflow of Immigrants

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pp. 15-40

Between October 1989 and the end of 2001, more than 900,000 immigrants arrived in Israel from the FSU (see table 2.1). For purposes of comparison, Israel’s population at the end of 1989 was only 4.56 million. From 1989 to 1993 the population grew at an annual rate of 3.8 percent, which is almost three times the average rate ...

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3. On the Wage Growth of Immigrants

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pp. 41-72

The macroeconomic analysis in chapter 2 concludes with the claim that wages of natives and immigrants in Israel during the early 1990s were proportional to the marginal productivity of labor. This conclusion has also been the underlying assumption in almost all the literature on the wage growth of immigrants ...

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4. Immigrants’ Choice of Employment, Occupation, and Human Capital: Dynamic Stochastic Empirical Models

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pp. 73-162

In chapter 3 we showed that wage growth in the early years following arrival is primarily due to the increase in returns on imported skills (schooling and work experience) while the growth in later years is primarily due to occupational transition. In addition, as the value of their imported skills rises, immigrants become increasingly differentiated ...

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5. Job Search and Loss of Skills

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pp. 163-204

The two previous chapters described the difficulties faced by FSU immigrants in finding high-paying jobs in white-collar occupations. Given the large number of high-skilled migrants, it is not surprising that many of them were forced into low-skilled occupations. ...

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6. The Joint Choice of Residential Location and Employment by Immigrants

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pp. 205-244

Upon arrival in the new country, immigrants make two main choices: their area of residence and their first job. Needless to say, the two decisions are interdependent. In the case of Israel, the government's immigration policy allowed each FSU immigrant to freely choose his area of residence. ...

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7. Immigrants from the FSU after Twenty Years in Israel: Evidence and Interpretation

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pp. 245-272

The previous chapters followed the immigrants who arrived from the FSU during the period 1990 to 1995 over a relatively short period, that is, up to ten years. We now have data on these immigrants up to 2009, which can provide a longer run perspective of this dramatic event in Israel’s history. ...


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pp. 273-292


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pp. 293-298


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pp. 299-306

E-ISBN-13: 9780262305211
Print-ISBN-13: 9780262017671

Page Count: 322
Publication Year: 2012

OCLC Number: 835763399
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  • Labor market -- Israel
  • Foreign workers, Russian -- Israel.
  • Israel -- Emigration and immigration -- Economic conditions.
  • Immigrants -- Israel -- Economic conditions.
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