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Income from Work Among Immigrants in Sweden

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  • Mats Hammarstedt

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This paper uses a two-step Heckman approach to investigate to what extent there are differences in income from work between immigrants and natives in Sweden. Contrary to previous studies this study takes the selection effect, i.e. the probability of having an income from work, into account when calculating the effect on income from work of a change in any of the explanatory variables. Our study shows that when the selection effect is taken into account, the differences in income from work between immigrants and natives are smaller than when the selection effect is not considered. We find that immigrants have a lower income from work than the native population when we control for variables such as schooling, experience, civil status and region of residence. Furthermore, immigrant cohorts with a recent year of immigration have a considerably lower income from work than earlier immigrant cohorts. Copyright 2003 by the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal The Review of Income and Wealth.

Volume (Year): 49 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 185-203

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Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:49:y:2003:i:2:p:185-203

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  1. Rashid, Saman, 2004. "Immigrants' Income and Family Migration," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 625, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  2. Sari Pekkala, 2005. "Economic Impacts of Immigration: A Survey," Discussion Papers 362, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  3. Månsson, Jonas & Olsson, Mikael, 2010. "Mobility sans integration? An analysis of labor market attainment in Sweden among its post-war immigrants from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland," CAFO Working Papers 2010:6, Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University.
  4. Wahlberg, Roger, 2008. "Differences in Wage Distributions between Natives, Non-Refugees, and Refugees," Working Papers in Economics 316, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  5. Hammarstedt, Mats, 2007. "Intergenerational mobility among three generations of immigrants in Sweden," CAFO Working Papers 2007:4, Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University.
  6. Akay, Alpaslan, 2009. "Dynamics of the Employment Assimilation of First-Generation Immigrant Men in Sweden: Comparing Dynamic and Static Assimilation Models with Longitudinal Data," IZA Discussion Papers 4655, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  7. Lars Behrenz & Mats Hammarstedt & Jonas M�nsson, 2007. "Second-Generation Immigrants in the Swedish Labour Market," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(1), pages 157-174.

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