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Emigration and Wages: The EU Enlargement Experiment

Benjamin Elsner ()

No 2011.76, Working Papers from Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Abstract: This paper studies the impact of a large emigration wave on real wages in the source country. Following EU enlargement in 2004, a large share of the workforce of the Central and Eastern Europe emigrated to Western Europe. Using data from Lithuania for the calibration of a factor demand model I show that emigration had a significant short-run impact on real wages in the source country. In particular, emigration led to a change in the wage distribution between young and old workers. The wages of young workers increased by 6%, whereas the wages of old workers decreased by around 1%. On the contrary, I find no effect on the wage distribution between workers of different education levels.

Keywords: Emigration; EU Enlargement; European Integration; Wage Distribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J31 O15 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eec, nep-eur, nep-int, nep-lab and nep-tra
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