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Title:Qualifications, Discrimination, or Assimilation? An Extended Framework for Analysing Immigrant Wage Gaps PDF Logo
Authors:Skyt Nielsen, Helena
Rosholm, Michael
Smith, Nina
Husted, Leif
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 365
Abstract:In this paper, we analyze immigrant wage gaps and propose an extension of the traditional wage decomposition technique, which is a synthesis from two strains of literature on ethnic/immigrant wage differences, namely the ?assimilation literature? and the ?discrimination literature?. We estimate separate wage equations for natives and a number of immigrant groups using panel data sample selection models. Based on the estimations, we find that the immigrant wage gap is caused by a lack of qualifications and incomplete assimilation, and that a large fraction of that gap would disappear if only immigrants could find employment and thus accumulate work experience.
Subjects:Wage assimilation
immigrants
wage gap
panel data sample selection model
JEL:J71
J15
J16
J31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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