Economic return of education in a multicultural setting: African female migrants from a comparative perspective

Yaghoob Foroutan, University of Mazandaran

This paper examines the association between women’s education and employment in comparison with other competing determinants of market employment. This examination is conducted in a comparative perspective among women living in the Australian multicultural context with a wide range of ethnic groups from throughout the world in which African female migrants have been given specific attention. The paper is an empirical investigation in the course of finding out answers for such key questions as: Does education provide equal economic outcomes?; more specifically, Where is the place of education in the success of African female migrants in this multicultural context, compared with the native-born and other ethnic groups such as those with European or Asian background? How important is the influence of education on women’s market employment while other determinants are controlled?

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Presented in Session 33: What are the social and economic returns of schooling in contemporary Africa?