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A preliminary assessment of the effects of migration on the production structure in Europe: A labor task approach

Giuseppe De Arcangelis, Majlinda Joxhe and Stefania Borelli ()
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Stefania Borelli: Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome

Economics Bulletin, 2019, vol. 39, issue 1, 289-294

Abstract: We assess the effect of migration on the production structure in a selection of European countries for the pre-Great Recession period 2001-2009. We propose a labor-task approach where the inflow of migrants raises the relative supply of manual-physical (or simple) tasks and therefore favors simple-task intensive sectors. We use the US O*NET database in conjunction with European labor data to calculate the index of simple-task intensity at the industry and country level. The analysis confirms that a rise in employment migration rates has a generalized positive impact, but that value-added increases significantly more in sectors that use more intensively simple tasks. A traditional shift-share instrument is used to overcome possible endogeneity problems

Keywords: International Migration; Labor Tasks; ONET; Rybczynski Effect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F2 J2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-02-18
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