Wage and Occupational Assimilation by Skill Level

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Miguel Alcobendas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Núria Rodríguez-Planas

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

Raquel Vegas



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).

Keywords: wage assimilation, occupational assimilation, education

JEL Classification: J15, J24, J61, J62

Suggested Citation

Alcobendas, Miguel and Rodriguez-Planas, Nuria and Vegas, Raquel, Wage and Occupational Assimilation by Skill Level. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6543, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2062742

Miguel Alcobendas (Contact Author)

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Nuria Rodriguez-Planas

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