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The Labor Market Integration of Migrants: Barcelona, 1930

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  • Javier Silvestre

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    (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universidad de Zaragoza)

  • Ma Isabel Ayuda

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    (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universidad de Zaragoza)

  • Vicente Pinilla

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    (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universidad de Zaragoza)

Abstract

Very few empirical studies have analyzed the labor market performance of internal migrants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Using a new dataset, this article examines the occupational attainment of migrants, mostly internal migrants, in the city of Barcelona. We find that, in comparison with natives, the occupational outcome of migrants is partly explained by differences in labor market experience and skills. Nevertheless, other factors also appear to play an important role. Estimates, moreover, do not suggest the existence of improved economic assimilation over time. The results indicate that at least some groups of migrants faced barriers to occupational mobility.

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Paper provided by European Historical Economics Society (EHES) in its series Working Papers with number 0003.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hes:wpaper:0003

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Keywords: labor market integration; migrants; occupations; historical labor market;

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Cited by:
  1. Leandro Prados de la Escosura, 2011. "Human Development in Africa: A Long-Run Perspective," Working Papers, European Historical Economics Society (EHES) 0008, European Historical Economics Society (EHES).
  2. Giovanni Federico, 2011. "A Tale of Two Oceans: Market Integration Over the High Seas, 1800-1940," Working Papers, European Historical Economics Society (EHES) 0011, European Historical Economics Society (EHES).
  3. Fernando Mendiola Gonzalo, 2011. "Forced Labour in Franco's Spain: Workforce Supply, Profits and Productivity," Working Papers, European Historical Economics Society (EHES) 0004, European Historical Economics Society (EHES).

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