Wage and Occupational Assimilation by Skill Level
Miguel Alcobendas Jr.
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Núria Rodriguez Planas
Autonomous University of Barcelona - Department of Economics; Mathematica Policy Research; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6543
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).
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: wage assimilation, occupational assimilation, education
JEL Classification: J15, J24, J61, J62working papers series
Date posted: May 19, 2012
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