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Qualifications, Discrimination, or Assimilation? An Extended Framework for Analysing Immigrant Wage Gaps

  • Nielsen, Helena Skyt

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    (Aarhus University)

  • Rosholm, Michael

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    (Aarhus University)

  • Smith, Nina

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    (Aarhus University)

  • Husted, Leif

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    (KORA - Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research)

In this paper, we analyze immigrant wage gaps and propose an extension of the traditional wage decomposition technique, which is a synthesis from two strains of literature on ethnic/immigrant wage differences, namely the ‘assimilation literature’ and the ‘discrimination literature’. We estimate separate wage equations for natives and a number of immigrant groups using panel data sample selection models. Based on the estimations, we find that the immigrant wage gap is caused by a lack of qualifications and incomplete assimilation, and that a large fraction of that gap would disappear if only immigrants could find employment and thus accumulate work experience.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2001
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Publication status: published in: Empirical Economics, 2004, 29 (4), 855-885
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