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Immigration, Wages, and Education: a Labor Market Equilibrium Structural Model

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  • Joan Llull

    (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, MOVE, and Barcelona GSE)

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This paper analyzes the effect of immigration on wages taking into account human capital adjustments by natives and previous immigrants. To this end, I propose and estimate a labor market equilibrium structural model. On the labor supply side, individuals make endogenous decisions on education, participation, and occupation. On the demand side, an aggregate firm uses a technology that combines labor skill units with capital to produce a single output, and accounts for skill-biased technical change. I estimate the model using U.S. micro-data for 1967-2007. Results suggest that immigration reduced wages considerably even though natives adjusted their human capital and labor supply behavior to compensate for the change in skill prices.

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  • Joan Llull, 2012. "Immigration, Wages, and Education: a Labor Market Equilibrium Structural Model," 2012 Meeting Papers 366, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    JEL classification:

    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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