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Wages and Immigrant Occupational Composition in Sweden

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  • Hansen, Jorgen

    () (Concordia University, CIREQ, CIRANO and IZA)

  • Wahlberg, Roger

    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Faisal, Sharif

    (Concordia University)

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between immigrant occupational composition and wages in Sweden. Effects of changes in proportion of immigrant workers in different occupations on the wage levels of both natives and immigrants are estimated. Our results suggest that increases in immigrant density have only small effects on wages and that the negative relationship between wages and the proportion of immigrant workers in an occupation, observed in data, is almost entirely accounted for by measured and unmeasured worker skills. These results suggest that wage differences across occupations with different densities of immigrants are mainly due to quality sorting and to a lesser extent due to the existence of discrimination.

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  • Hansen, Jorgen & Wahlberg, Roger & Faisal, Sharif, 2010. "Wages and Immigrant Occupational Composition in Sweden," Working Papers in Economics 435, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0435
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    1. David E. Bloom & Gilles Grenier & Morley Gunderson, 1995. "The Changing Labour Market Position of Canadian Immigrants," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 28(4b), pages 987-1005, November.
    2. Baker, Michael & Benjamin, Dwayne, 1994. "The Performance of Immigrants in the Canadian Labor Market," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 12(3), pages 369-405, July.
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    1. Giulio Bosio & Chiara Noè, 2011. "Higher Education Expansion, Human Capital Externalities and Wages: Italian Evidence within Occupation," Working Papers 39, AlmaLaurea Inter-University Consortium.

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    Keywords

    Immigrants; Refugees; Occupational Segregation; Composition of Jobs; Quality Sorting; Wages;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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