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Assimilation of immigrants in Spain: A longitudinal analysis

Mario Izquierdo (), Aitor Lacuesta () and Raquel Vegas

Labour Economics, 2009, vol. 16, issue 6, 669-678

Abstract: In this paper we use a new panel dataset to analyse the earnings assimilation of immigrants in Spain. We show that immigrants reduce the wage gap relative to natives by 15Â pp during the first 5-6Â years after arrival, but the earnings differential does not disappear completely. Earnings assimilation is not homogeneous across different nationalities, being faster for South-American and European (new accession countries to EU) immigrants compared to Africans. Finally, we show that human capital gains within the firm as opposed to higher mobility contribute the most to their assimilation process.

Keywords: Immigration; Assimilation; Longitudinal; data; Selection; Human; capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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