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Title:Wages and immigrant occupational composition in Sweden PDF Logo
Authors:Hansen, Jörgen
Wahlberg, Roger
Faisal, Sharif
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4823
Abstract:This paper examines the relationship between immigrant occupational composition and wages in Sweden. Effects of changes in proportion of immigrant workers in different occupations on the wage levels of both natives and immigrants are estimated. Our results suggest that increases in immigrant density have only small effects on wages and that the negative relationship between wages and the proportion of immigrant workers in an occupation, observed in data, is almost entirely accounted for by measured and unmeasured worker skills. These results suggest that wage differences across occupations with different densities of immigrants are mainly due to quality sorting and to a lesser extent due to the existence of discrimination.
Subjects:Immigrants
refugees
occupational composition
quality sorting
wages
JEL:J31
J71
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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