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The wage gap between immigrant and native workers in Spain: an analysis using matched employer-employee data


  • Fernando Muñoz-Bullón

    () (Universidad Carlos III)

  • J. Ignacio García-Pérez

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, FEDEA & FCEA)

  • Manuela Prieto-Rodríguez

    () (Universidad Pablo de Olavide)


The fact that Spain has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of immigrants over the past decade has generated considerable interest, particularly as regards wages earned by immigrants in host industries. We analyze whether controlling for both observable and unobservable characteristics of employers —in addition to individual variables and the economic context— makes any difference as regards the debate regarding the existence of wage differences between immigrant and native workers in Spain. As we show, doing this considerably reduces (or even eliminates) the inequalities found in previous research, thereby questioning the results attained by previous studies on this issue.

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  • Fernando Muñoz-Bullón & J. Ignacio García-Pérez & Manuela Prieto-Rodríguez, 2010. "The wage gap between immigrant and native workers in Spain: an analysis using matched employer-employee data," Working Papers 10.05, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pab:wpaper:10.05

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    Immigration; salaries; assimilation.;

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts

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