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Immigration and economic mobility

Maria Hoen (), Simen Markussen () and Knut Røed ()
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Simen Markussen: The Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Journal of Population Economics, 2022, vol. 35, issue 4, No 7, 1589-1630

Abstract: Abstract We examine how immigration affects natives’ relative prime-age labor market outcomes by economic class background, with class background established on the basis of parents’ earnings rank. Exploiting alternative sources of variation in immigration patterns across time and space, we find that immigration from low-income countries reduces intergenerational mobility and thus steepens the social gradient in natives’ labor market outcomes, whereas immigration from high-income countries levels it. These findings are robust with respect to a wide range of identifying assumptions. The analysis is based on high-quality population-wide administrative data from Norway, which is one of the rich-world countries with the most rapid rise in the immigrant population share over the past two decades. Our findings suggest that immigration can explain a considerable part of the observed relative decline in economic performance among natives with a lower-class background.

Keywords: Immigration; Intergenerational mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J24 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s00148-021-00851-4

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