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Wages and Immigrant Occupational Composition in Sweden

Jorgen Hansen (), Roger Wahlberg and Sharif Faisal
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Roger Wahlberg: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University, Postal: Box 640, SE 40530 GÖTEBORG
Sharif Faisal: Concordia University

No 435, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between immigrant occupational composition and wages in Sweden. Effects of changes in proportion of immigrant workers in different occupations on the wage levels of both natives and immigrants are estimated. Our results suggest that increases in immigrant density have only small effects on wages and that the negative relationship between wages and the proportion of immigrant workers in an occupation, observed in data, is almost entirely accounted for by measured and unmeasured worker skills. These results suggest that wage differences across occupations with different densities of immigrants are mainly due to quality sorting and to a lesser extent due to the existence of discrimination.

Keywords: Immigrants; Refugees; Occupational Segregation; Composition of Jobs; Quality Sorting; Wages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab and nep-mig
Date: 2010-03-17
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