Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/218833
Authors: 
Baum, Christopher F.
Lööf, Hans
Stephan, Andreas
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper 562
Abstract: 
Refugee workers start low and adjust slowly to the wages of comparable natives. The innovative approach in this study using unique Swedish employeremployee data shows that the observed wage gap between established refugees and comparable natives is mainly caused by occupational sorting into cognitive and manual tasks. Within occupations, it can be largely explained by differences in work experience. The identification strategy relies on a control group of matched natives with the same characteristics as the refugees, using panel data for 2003–2013 to capture unobserved heterogeneity.
Subjects: 
refugees
wage earnings gap
Blinder–Oaxaca decomposition
employer-employee data
coarsened exact matching
correlated random effects model
JEL: 
C23
F22
J24
J6
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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