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The performance of immigrants in the Norwegian labor market

  • John E. Hayfron


    (Department of Economics, University of Bergen, Fosswinckelsgt. 6, N-5007 Bergen, Norway)

This paper tests the assimilation hypothesis with Norwegian data. Using both cross-section and cohort analyses, the results show that the 1970-1979 immigrant cohort experienced an earnings growth of about 11% between 1980 and 1990, when their earnings profile was compared to that of natives. This is lower than the 19% assimilation rate predicted by the cross-section method. On the contrary, the results reveal a rapid earnings divergence across cohorts, and between the 1960-1969 cohort and natives. It is also shown that the "quality" of successive immigrant waves has declined over time, thus biasing the cross-section estimates of assimilation.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 11 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 293-303

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:11:y:1998:i:2:p:293-303
Note: Received: 8 August 1995 / Accepted: 7 January 1997
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