Portuguese Migrants in the German Labour Market: Performance and Self Selection

39 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 1998

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Thomas K. Bauer

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen); University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Pedro Telhado Pereira

Universidade da Madeira - Gestao e Economica; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Michael Vogler

University of Munich

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Harvard University; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: December 1998

Abstract

Using a large new data set, we analyse the labour market performance of Portuguese workers in Germany. While previous work compares wages and characteristics of migrants only to those of natives, we match the data also with an equivalent survey from the sending country. We find that Portuguese migrants as a whole are negatively selected with the exception of blue-collar workers that are the greatest group among them. The observation that Portuguese migrants earn more than comparable Germans indicates that they have higher unobservable skills. Our results confirm the effectiveness of the German guest worker system.

JEL Classification: F22, J61

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Thomas K. and Telhado Pereira, Pedro and Vogler, Michael and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Portuguese Migrants in the German Labour Market: Performance and Self Selection (December 1998). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=142815 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.142815

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Harvard University ( email )

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