Skyt Nielsen, Helena Rosholm, Michael Smith, Nina Husted, Leif
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IZA Discussion paper series 365
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.
Wage assimilation immigrants wage gap panel data sample selection model