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Assimilation of the migrant work ethic

Chris Dawson, Michail Veliziotis () and Hopkins Benjamin
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Hopkins Benjamin: University of Aberystwyth

Working Papers from Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol

Abstract: Over the last decade the UK has experienced unprecedented increases in migration associated with the 2004 A8 expansion of the EU. This paper studies the work ethic of these recent migrants by analysing worker absence data from the Labour Force Survey for the period 2005-2012. The results show that when A8 migrant workers first arrive in the UK they have substantially lower absenteeism than native workers, but importantly migrant absence levels assimilate within 4-7 years. If UK employers use this information to make hiring decisions, then unusually productive native workers will suffer, this is however only likely to occur in the short term.

Keywords: Migration; assimilation; absenteeism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-01-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-lab and nep-mig
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