HDR Seminar: The Education and Labour Market Pathway of Young Adults in Australia: The Role of Ethnic Background
The School of Economics invites you to a HDR seminar presented by Di Lan (University of Sydney).
This thesis explores the post-school choices of a set of Australian youths by comparing the experience of native Australians with that of first and second-generation immigrants after school. Utilizing information from Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) data, labour market and education outcomes of two sets of young Australians born in 1993-1994 and in 1979-1980 are analysed. Differences exist in the choices of education and labour supply among the three groups at the first and fifth year after school. I link differences in the behaviour and outcomes of young Australians to household and family characteristics by focusing on the cultural background of parents. We observe that students’ expectation and the actual paths can be affected by parental attitudes including the explicit expectation on work or study, educational investments, and observed parents’ behaviour. Second-generation immigrants are found to experience a very different path than their native counterparts but achieve similar employment and wage.