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The impact of refugees on employment and wages in Jordan

Belal Fallah, Caroline Krafft and Jackline Wahba ()

Journal of Development Economics, 2019, vol. 139, issue C, 203-216

Abstract: Starting in 2011, the Syrian conflict caused a large influx of refugees into Jordan. In 2015, there were an estimated 1.3 million Syrians in a country with just 6.6 million Jordanians. This paper investigates the impact of the Syrian refugee influx on the Jordanian labor market. Panel data from 2010 to 2016 combined with information on where the refugee influx was concentrated allow us to identify the impact of refugees on Jordanians’ labor market outcomes. Overall, we find that Jordanians living in areas with a high concentration of refugees have had no worse labor market outcomes than Jordanians with less exposure to the refugee influx.

Keywords: Refugees; Labor markets; Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Jordan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J31 F22 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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