Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110686
Authors: 
Foged, Mette
Peri, Giovanni
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8961
Abstract: 
Using longitudinal data on the universe of workers in Denmark during the period 1991-2008 we track the labor market outcomes of low skilled natives in response to an exogenous inflow of low skilled immigrants. We innovate on previous identification strategies by considering immigrants distributed across municipalities by a refugee dispersal policy in place between 1986 and 1998. We find that an increase in the supply of refugee-country immigrants pushed less educated native workers (especially the young and low-tenured ones) to pursue less manual-intensive occupations. As a result immigration had positive effects on native unskilled wages, employment and occupational mobility.
Subjects: 
refugees
dispersal policy
manual skills
employment
wages
JEL: 
F22
J24
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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