Immigrants' Assimilation Process in a Segmented Labor Market

55 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009

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Miguel Alcobendas

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Núria Rodríguez-Planas

City University New York (CUNY), Queens College; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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 perfect natural experiment to analyze immigrations' assimilation process. Using data from the 2000 to 2008 Spanish Labor Force Survey, we find that immigrants are more occupationally mobile than natives, and that much of this greater flexibility is explained by immigrants' assimilation process soon after arrival. However, we find little evidence of convergence, especially among women and high skilled immigrants. This suggests that instead of integrating, immigrants are occupationally segregating, implying that there is both imperfect substitutability and underutilization of immigrants' human capital.

Keywords: immigrants' assimilation effects, cohort effects, occupational distributions and mobility, segmented labor markets

JEL Classification: J15, J24, J61, J62

Suggested Citation

Alcobendas, Miguel and Rodriguez-Planas, Nuria, Immigrants' Assimilation Process in a Segmented Labor Market. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4394, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489217

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