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Immigrants at New Destinations: How They Fare and Why

  • Carneiro, Anabela

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    (University of Porto)

  • Fortuna, Natércia

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    (University of Porto)

  • Varejão, José

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    (University of Porto)

Using matched employer-employee data, we identify the determinants of immigrants’ earnings in the Portuguese labor market. Results previously reported for countries with a long tradition of hosting migrants are also valid in a new destination country. Two-thirds of the gap is attributable to match-specific and employer characteristics. Occupational downgrading and segregation into low-wage workplaces are two major causes behind the wage gap.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2012, 25 (3), 1165-1185
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