Where possible these variables are measured separately for the approximately 140 countries identified in the LSIA, whereas the birthplace dichotomous variables are for regional aggregates of these countries.
There is no native-born reference group in the LSIA that would permit assessment of the healthy immigrant effect.
The life expectancy in the country of birth is used as a general indicator, as it is available for the diverse range of countries represented in the LSIA data (9) and seems likely to have closer links to health outcomes than indirect measures such as GDP per capita.
TABLE 6 Predicted Distribution Across Self-Assessed Health Categories by Personal Characteristics of Immigrants 15-64 Yr of Age at Immigration, LSIA Health Status (%) Very Good Good Fair Poor Very Poor Total Educational attainment (yr) 8 50.
The probability of being in good health is quite high in each wave of the LSIA.
Analysis of data from the LSIA support these hypotheses.
As far as the skill selected migrants are concerned, the LSIA findings are likely to be influenced by the response bias described above.
The LSIA responses were from migrants (principal applicants) who arrived in Australia or were visaed onshore in the period December 2004 to March 2005.
It will no doubt remain a controversial matter as to how far these better results reflect a response bias deriving from the manner in which the LSIA respondents were selected.
In some respects, the LSIA results are consistent with those of the census.
Only 42 per cent of the accountants in this group who responded to the LSIA 3 wave 2 survey had obtained professional or managerial positions by 2006.