The impact of endogenous occupational attainment on native-migrant wage distributions
Dipanwita Sarkar and
Michael P Kidd ()
No 42, QuBE Working Papers from QUT Business School
This paper examines distributional differences in native-migrant wages when occupational attainment is treated as endogenous. We evaluate differential treatment of immigrants both within occupation and that arising from differential access to occupations. The distributional approach we employ is innovative in that it enables one to capture the interaction between changing occupational distributions and consequent changes in the level of human capital skills within occupation. Our results find strong support for the existence of discrimination in general, and employment discrimination in particular. However, the mechanisms differ across occupations giving rise to heterogeneity both across earnings distributions and occupations.
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