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Native-immigrant wage differentials in Greece: discrimination and assimilation

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  • Chletsos, Michael
  • Roupakias, Stelios

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Abstract: This paper applies the Blinder-Oaxaca methodology in order to decompose the average earnings differentials between Greek workers and different groups of immigrants. We use information about 8,429 individuals of which 1,185 are immigrants. The data are drawn from the Greek Labor Force Survey (2009). The main objective is to explore how much of the differential is explained by differences in observed characteristics. We also investigate the effect that assimilation has on the immigrants’ earnings. Our results provide empirical evidence that the part of the wage gap due to differences in the coefficients is largest for immigrants originating from non-EU countries and negative for those immigrants who terminated education in Greece.

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  • Chletsos, Michael & Roupakias, Stelios, 2012. "Native-immigrant wage differentials in Greece: discrimination and assimilation," MPRA Paper 39862, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Carl Lin, 2016. "How Do Immigrants From Taiwan Fare In The U.S. Labor Market?," The Singapore Economic Review (SER), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 61(05), pages 1-38, December.

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    immigration; discrimination; assimilation;

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    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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