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The Impact of Foreign Labour on Host Country Wages: The Experience of a Southern Host, Malaysia

  • Prema-chandra Athukorala
  • Evelyn S Devadason

This paper investigates the impact of foreign labour on domestic manufacturing wages through a case study of Malaysia, a country where foreign labour immigration has played a key role in manufacturing growth over the past two decades. The main focus of the paper is on an econometric analysis of the determinants of inter-industry variation in wage growth using a new panel dataset. The results suggest that wage growth is fundamentally embedded in the structure and performance of domestic manufacturing. There is evidence of a statistically significant negative impact of foreign labour on the growth of unskilled-worker wages, but the magnitude of the impact is rather small.

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Paper provided by The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2011-03.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:pas:papers:2011-03
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