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Immigrants' Effect on Native Workers: New Analysis on Longitudinal Data

Mette Foged () and Giovanni Peri ()

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2016, vol. 8, issue 2, 1-34

Abstract: Using longitudinal data on the universe of workers in Denmark during the period 1991-2008, we track the labor market outcomes of low-skilled natives in response to an exogenous inflow of low- skilled immigrants. We innovate on previous identification strategies by considering immigrants distributed across municipalities by a refugee dispersal policy in place between 1986 and 1998. We find that an increase in the supply of refugee-country immigrants pushed less educated native workers (especially the young and low-tenured ones) to pursue less manual-intensive occupations. As a result immigration had positive effects on native unskilled wages, employment, and occupational mobility. (JEL J15, J24, J31, J61, J62)

JEL-codes: J15 J24 J31 J61 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.20150114
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