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The Times They are A-Changin': Organizational Change and Immigrant Employment Opportunities in Scandinavia

Michael Rosholm (), Kirk Scott () and Leif Husted ()
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Kirk Scott: Lund University
Leif Husted: KORA - Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research

No 258, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This article compares and contrasts male immigrant labor market experiences in Sweden and Denmark during the period 1985 - 1995. Using register-based panel data sets from Sweden and Denmark, a picture of the employment assimilation process of immigrants from Norway, Poland, Turkey, and Iran is brought forth. The comparative approach shows that immigrants in Sweden and Denmark experienced similar declines in employment prospects between 1985 and 1995 despite quite different developments of aggregate labor market conditions. The explanation offered here is that the changing organizational structure - towards more flexible work organization - has resulted in a decrease in the attractiveness of immigrant employees due to the increasing importance of country-specific skills and informal human capital.

Keywords: organizational change; employment assimilation; Immigrants (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 J71 L23 O30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2001-02
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Published in: International Migration Review, 2006, 40 (2), 318-347

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