Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/53161
Authors: 
Elsner, Benjamin
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Economy and Society 76.2011
Abstract: 
This paper studies the impact of a large emigration wave on real wages in the source country. Following EU enlargement in 2004, a large share of the workforce of the Central and Eastern Europe emigrated to Western Europe. Using data from Lithuania for the calibration of a factor demand model I show that emigration had a significant short-run impact on real wages in the source country. In particular, emigration led to a change in the wage distribution between young and old workers. The wages of young workers increased by 6%, whereas the wages of old workers decreased by around 1%. On the contrary, I find no effect on the wage distribution between workers of different education levels.
Subjects: 
Emigration
EU Enlargement
European Integration
Wage Distribution
JEL: 
F22
J31
O15
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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