Does the SMC Points System Predict the Labour Market Outcomes of Skilled Migrants?
The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) is a points-based policy allowing people to gain permanent residence in New Zealand according to employment and capacity-building factors. The aim of this research is to assess how well the points that are allocated act as a predictor of labour market outcomes for successful applicants three years after being granted residence, and to draw implications in terms of public policy. Using data from the Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand (LisNZ), multivariate models are developed to critically analyse the points that are currently allocated and test the role of additional observed characteristics.
Grangier, Juliette, and Rob Hodgson. 2011. "Does the SMC Predict the Labour Market Outcomes of Skilled Migrants?" New Zealand Association of Economists Annual Conference, Wellington, 29 June-1 July 2011. Available online from http://www.nzae.org.nz/conferences/2011/programme.html.
Motu code: MEL0781