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Declining employment success of immigrant males in Sweden: Observed or unobserved characteristics?

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  • Pieter Bevelander

    (Department of Economic History, Lund University, Box 7083, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden)

  • Helena Skyt Nielsen

    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Fuglesangs Allé 20, DK-8210 Aarhus V, Denmark)

Abstract

Focusing on Nordic and Yugoslavian immigrant males, we study the determinants of employment success of natives and immigrants in Sweden. Furthermore, we investigate the reasons behind the arising gap in employment success between Swedes and immigrants from 1970 to 1990. In a decomposition analysis, we find that the main part of the decline in the employment probability of immigrants relative to Swedes over time is explained by a change in coefficients (unobserved characteristics) rather than a change in determinants (observed characteristics).

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  • Pieter Bevelander & Helena Skyt Nielsen, 2001. "Declining employment success of immigrant males in Sweden: Observed or unobserved characteristics?," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 14(3), pages 455-471.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:14:y:2001:i:3:p:455-471
    Note: Received: 22 June 1998/Accepted: 23 March 2000
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    Keywords

    Employment probability · assimilation · decomposition;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • N30 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - General, International, or Comparative

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