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Do Foreign Workers Have An Adverse Effect On The Native Unskilled Labor In Taiwan?

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  • Hsiao-chuan Chang
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    A decade has elapsed since the Taiwanese government first allowed the entry of foreign workers in 1989. A range of problems related to foreign workers have emerged and have become current issues in Taiwan. However, there is a lack of in-depth research into these issues as they relate to Taiwan. This paper is the first step to focus on the issue of native wages by investigating the wage differential between skilled and unskilled labor with importation of foreign workers. The main finding is that foreign workers do affect native unskilled labor negatively by enlarging the wage differential in both the short-and long-run. However, this adverse effect is not as serious as expected in the overall wage differential. This suggests the existence of another dominating factor(s). The Taiwanese public blame foreign workers for the wrong reasons. The policy strategies of increasing or decreasing the number of foreign workers have been examined. In order to prevent a further escalation of the wage differential, the Council of Labor Affairs should consider imposing a policy of not increasing the number of foreign workers.

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    Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 837.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:837

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