Discussion paper

The wealth distributions of migrant and Australian-born households

9 Feb 2006

Wealth is an important measure of overall economic well-being, and influences migrants’ ability to integrate into their new country. Using data from the 2002 HILDA survey, Rochelle Belkar explores the disparity between the wealth distributions of Australian and foreign-born households. Her results reveal that immigrants accumulate less wealth than their Australian-born counterparts and that the gap grows throughout the distribution. Further analysis reveals that migrants are able to catch up to their native born counterparts not only through greater time in Australia, but also through human capital accumulation, part of which may be achieved in Australia.

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