Research School of Economics, The Australian National University, ACT 0200 Australia; email <email@example.com>. The earlier version of this article is a part of my doctoral thesis that was completed at the University of Sydney under the support of an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship. I am indebted to my supervisors, Hajime Katayama and Kunal Sengupta, for their invaluable guidance and helpful comments. The article has also greatly benefited from suggestions by Satya Das, Elisabeth Huynh, Pushkar Maitra, Peter Robertson, Christopher Ryan, Chandra Shah, Clas Weber and Joel Windle. Suggestions by two anonymous referees and the co-editor, Paul Jensen, led to significant improvements of the draft.
Immigration and School Choice in Australia
Article first published online: 1 MAR 2012
©2012 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Australian Economic Review
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 29–49, March 2012
How to Cite
Mavisakalyan, A. (2012), Immigration and School Choice in Australia. Australian Economic Review, 45: 29–49. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8462.2011.00663.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 1 MAR 2012
- First version received February 2011;, final version accepted August 2011 (Eds).
This article examines the relationship between the share of immigrants in a locality and private versus public school choices of natives and immigrants in Australia. Using the 2001 Australian Census data, it finds that private school attendance among native-born Australians is higher in localities with a higher share of immigrant populations. Immigrants’ private school attendance is lower where the share of their like-type immigrants is higher. These effects vary with the presence of a common language and ethnic background between the natives and the immigrants. Overall, the results suggest the possibility of a ‘flight’ from unfamiliar cultures in the Australian school system.