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Understanding the Native-Immigrant Wage Gap Using Matched Employer-Employee Data. Evidence from Germany

  • Cristian Bartolucci

Hellerstein and Neumark (1999) developed a straightforward method to detect wage discrimination using matched employer-employee data. In this paper a new method to measure wage discrimination is proposed, that builds on the ideas first developed by Hellerstein and Neumark. It has four main advantages: it is robust to labor market segregation, it does not impose linearity on the wage setting equation, it avoids the problematic estimation of production functions, and it is not only a test for discrimination but also produces measures of discrimination. Using matched employer-employee data from Germany, I find that immigrants are being discriminated against. They receive wages which are 13 percent lower than native workers in the same firm.

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Paper provided by Collegio Carlo Alberto in its series Carlo Alberto Notebooks with number 150.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cca:wpaper:150
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