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Assimilation and Cohort Effects for German Immigrants

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  • Sebastian Gundel
  • Heiko Peters

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Demographic change and the rising demand for highly qualified labor in Germany attracts notice to the analysis of immigration. In addition, the pattern of immigration changed markedly during the past decades. Therefore we use the latest data of the German Socioeconomic Panel up to the year 2006 in order to investigate the economic performance of immigrants. We perform regressions of three pooled cross sections (1986, 1996, 2006) to estimate assimilation and quality of immigrants as reflected by their earnings. Further we take the heterogeneity of immigrants into account by separating them by country of origin. The rising wage inequality in Germany since the mid nineties will also be considered. We find a negative wage gap and a yearly assimilation rate of 2.3 percent. Due to a changing immigration pattern the cohort quality is declining.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 64.

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Length: 27 p.
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp64

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Keywords: Assimilation; immigrants; cohort quality; Germany;

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  1. Zimmermann, Klaus F. & Kahanec, Martin & Giulietti, Corrado & Guzi, Martin & Barrett, Alan & Maitre, Bertrand, 2012. "Report No. 43: Study on Active Inclusion of Migrants," IZA Research Reports, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) 43, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Alisher Aldashev & Johannes Gernandt & Stephan L. Thomsen, 2012. "The Immigrant-Native Wage Gap in Germany," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 232(5), pages 490-517, September.
  3. Florian Lehmer & Johannes Ludsteck, 2012. "Wage Assimilation of Immigrants: Which Factors Close the Gap? – Evidence from Germany," ERSA conference papers ersa12p262, European Regional Science Association.
  4. Albrecht Glitz, 2012. "Ethnic Segregation in Germany," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1222, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.

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