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Wage and Occupational Assimilation by Skill Level

Miguel Angel Alcobendas (), Núria Rodriguez-Planas () and Raquel Vegas
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Miguel Angel Alcobendas: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

No 6543, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: While much of the literature on immigrants' assimilation has focused on countries with a large tradition of receiving immigrants and with flexible labor markets, very little is known on how immigrants adjust to other types of host economies. With its severe dual labor market, and an unprecedented immigration boom, Spain presents a quite unique experience to analyze immigrations' assimilation process. Using alternative datasets and methodologies, this paper provides evidence of a differential assimilation pattern for low- versus high-skilled immigrants in Spain: our key finding is that having a high-school degree does not give immigrants an advantage in terms occupational or wage assimilation (relative to their native counterparts).

Keywords: education; occupational assimilation; wage assimilation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J24 J61 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
Date: 2012-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab, nep-lma, nep-ltv and nep-mig
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Published in: A. Artal-Tur, G. Peri, F. Requena-Silvente, The Socio-Economic Impact of Migration Flows: Effects on Trade, Remittances, Output, and the Labour Market (Population Economics Series), Springer, 2014

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