The Impact of Immigration on the Labour Market Outcomes of Natives: Evidence from Australian Micro Data
AbstractIn comparison with the existing Australian literature, this paper provides an alternative approach of investigating the impact of recent immigrants on the real wages and unemployment of native Australians. A national cross-section analysis of 48 labour markets is employed using data from six consecutive ABS Income Distribution surveys for the years 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994,1995 and 1996. The evidence indicates that recent immigrants do not significantly affect the real wages of native Australians. This conclusion is unaltered when the specific impact of immigration on less educated or young Australian workers is investigated. Furthermore, it is found that immigration reduces the probability that a 'typical' or 'representative' Australian individual is unemployed. Overall, these results add to a growing body of literature which has consistently failed to find that immigration adversely affects the wages or employment prospects of native-born Australians.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 728.
Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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IMMIGRATION ; LABOUR MARKET ; AUSTRALIA;
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