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Title:Portuguese Migrants in the German Labor Market: Performance and Self-Selection PDF Logo
Authors:Bauer, Thomas K.
Pereira, Pedro Telhado
Vogler, Michael
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Issue Date:1998
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 20
Abstract:Using a large new dataset, we analyze the labor market performance of Portuguese workers in Germany. While previous work compares wages and characteristics of migrants only to those of the natives, we match the data also with an equivalent survey from the sending country. We find that Portuguese migrants as a whole are negatively selected with the exception of blue-collar workers that are the greatest group among them. The observation that Portuguese migrants earn more than comparable Germans indicates that they have higher unobservable skills. Our results confirm the effectiveness of the German guestworker system
Subjects:Portuguese migration
self-selection of migrants
labor market performance of migrants
migration policy
JEL:J61
F22
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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