Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21225
Authors: 
Skyt Nielsen, Helena
Rosholm, Michael
Smith, Nina
Husted, Leif
Year of Publication: 
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

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