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Skilled Immigration and Wages in Australia

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  • ASADUL ISLAM
  • DIETRICH K. FAUSTEN

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This paper investigates the impact of the relative growth of skilled migration on the structure of Australian wages. Unlike conventional approaches, the present study uses macro data to examine the response of wages to immigration flows. We use instrumental variable techniques to control for the potential endogeneity of immigration. The results, using alternative estimation strategies, are consistent with the dominant findings from existing empirical work. There is no robust evidence that a relative increase in skilled immigrants exerts any discernible adverse consequences on the wage structure in Australia.

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  • Asadul Islam & Dietrich K. Fausten, 2008. "Skilled Immigration and Wages in Australia," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 84(s1), pages 66-82, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:84:y:2008:i:s1:p:s66-s82
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4932.2008.00485.x
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