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Do Immigrants Displace Native Workers? Evidence from Matched Panel Data

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  • Martins, Pedro S.

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    (Queen Mary, University of London)

  • Piracha, Matloob

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    (University of Kent)

  • Varejão, José

    ()
    (University of Porto)

Abstract

Using matched employer-employee data, we analyse the impact of immigrants on natives' employment in Portugal. Using different model specifications, we show that the natives and immigrants are 'complements' at most occupation levels, in the sense that they are jointly hired and fired. Controlling for different skill-level groups as well as for temporary and permanent jobs, the estimates show that, contrary to the evidence from some existing literature, the natives at the lower end of the skills spectrum are not affected by the presence of immigrants as well.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6644.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6644

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Keywords: matched employer-employee data; displacement; immigrants;

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  1. Mitaritonna, Cristina & Orefice, Gianluca & Peri, Giovanni, 2014. "Immigrants and Firms' Productivity: Evidence from France," IZA Discussion Papers 8063, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Anette Haas & Michael Lucht, 2013. "Heterogeneous Firms and Imperfect Substitution: The Productivity Effect of Migrants," Norface Discussion Paper Series, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London 2013019, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
  3. Haas, Anette & Lucht, Michael & Schanne, Norbert, 2013. "Why to employ both migrants and natives? A study on task-specific substitutability," Journal for Labour Market Research, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany], Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany], vol. 46(3), pages 201-214.

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