Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21329
Authors: 
Barrett, Alan
Bergin, Adele
Duffy, David
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1553
Abstract: 
The purpose of this paper is two-fold. We firstly produce a labour market profile of non-Irish immigrants who arrived in Ireland in the ten years to 2003. We then go on to use the labour market profile in estimating the impact of immigration (non-Irish) on the Irish labour market. Immigrants are shown to be a highly educated group. However, they are not all employed in occupations that fully reflect their education levels. The model of the labour market that we use to simulate the impact of immigration differentiates between low-skilled and high-skilled labour. This allows us to estimate the impact of immigrants (a) if they were employed at a level fitting their education and (b) if they were employed in occupations below their educational level. Our results show that under scenario (a) immigrants who arrived between 1993 and 2003 increased GNP by between 3.5 and 3.7%, largely by lowering skilled wages by around 6% and increasing Ireland?s competitiveness. Under scenario (b), the increase in GNP is reduced to 3% because the impact on skilled wages is lower. If we assume the immigration is primarily unskilled, the impact on earnings inequality is reversed.
Subjects: 
immigrants
immigrant characteristics
immigrant impacts
Ireland
JEL: 
J24
J61
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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