Understanding the Native-Immigrant Test Scores Gap : The Case of Finland

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Title: Understanding the Native-Immigrant Test Scores Gap : The Case of Finland
Author: Riudavets, Marc
Other contributor: Helsingin yliopisto, Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences
Helsingfors universitet, Statsvetenskapliga fakulteten
Publisher: Helsingin yliopisto
Date: 2020
Language: eng
URI: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:hulib-202007093712
Thesis level: master's thesis
Degree program: Taloustieteen maisteriohjelma
Master's Programme in Economics
Magisterprogrammet i ekonomi
Specialisation: ei opintosuuntaa
no specialization
ingen studieinriktning
Abstract: This Master’s Thesis studies the immigrant-native gap in terms of test performance in the PISA assessments for Finland. Data suggest that students with immigrant background perform worse than natives. I provide evidence that this unconditional gap is partially offset when some variables are introduced in the analysis. Socioeconomic status and age of arrival seem to play the biggest role in explaining the difference in performance. Some degree of heterogeneity is also found within the immigrant population in terms of performance across the socioeconomic status distribution or the language spoken at home.
Subject: immigration
educational gap

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