Does Emigration Benefit the Stayers? The EU Enlargement as a Natural Experiment. Evidence from Lithuania
Benjamin Elsner ()
The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series from IIIS
The eastern enlargement of the European Union in 2004 triggered a large flow of migrant workers from the new member states to the UK and Ireland. This paper analyzes the impact of this migration wave on the real wages in the source countries. I consider the case of Lithuania, which had the highest share of emigrants relative to its workforce among all ten new member states. Using data from the Lithuanian Household Budget Survey and the Irish Census, I find that emigration had a significant positive effect on the wages of men who stayed in the country, but no such effect is visible for women. A percentage point increase in the emigration rate increases the real wage of men on average by 1\%. Several robustness checks confirm this result.
Keywords: Emigration; EU Enlargement; Labor Mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J61 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eec, nep-eur, nep-lab and nep-tra
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Working Paper: Does Emigration Benefit the Stayers? The EU Enlargement as a Natural Experiment. Evidence from Lithuania (2010)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:iis:dispap:iiisdp326
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series from IIIS 01. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Maeve ().