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Immigrants’ responsiveness to labor market conditions and their impact on regional employment disparities: evidence from Spain

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  • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

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  • Sara De la Rica

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Using data from the Spanish Labor Force Survey (Encuesta de Población Activa) from 1999 through 2007, we explore the role of employment opportunities in explaining the growing immigrant flows of recent years. Subsequently, we investigate whether immigrant inflows have helped reduce regional employment disparities. Our results indicate that immigrants choose to reside in regions with higher employment rates for their particular skills. However, perhaps owing to its recent nature or the ability of the production infrastructure to absorb the increase in immigrant labor, immigration does not seem to have significantly helped employment convergence across regions.

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Article provided by Spanish Economic Association in its journal SERIEs.

Volume (Year): 1 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (September)
Pages: 387-407

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Handle: RePEc:spr:series:v:1:y:2010:i:4:p:387-407

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Keywords: International migration; Immigrant workers; Immigrant location; Immigrant responsiveness; Labor market conditions; Regional disparities; J61;

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  1. Clara I. Gonzalez & José Ignacio Conde Ruiz & Michele Boldrin, 2009. "Immigration and Social Security in Spain," Working Papers 2009-26, FEDEA.

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