Immigration and Productivity: A Spanish Tale

37 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2013 Last revised: 7 Nov 2013

Rosella Nicolini

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Alicia Gómez–Tello

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Date Written: November 2013

Abstract

The problem of Spanish productivity is a recurrent topic in economic literature. The importance of identifying the sources of productivity is even more relevant in the current economic landscape, because the Spanish economy is passing through important adjustments, after going through an intense period of huge immigration inflows. This aims of this paper include assessing the evolution of Spanish productivity, by providing a quantitative evaluation of current results with reference to potential ones. Considerable focus is also placed on identifying the determinants of the productivity changes which have been incurred in recent years by focusing on the role of the entry of immigrants into the local labour market. In this way, our results show that, in a few specific situations, immigrants play the role of environment-builders, encouraging the transition of firm strategies fostering productivity from the cost reduction side to the hiring of skilled labour.

Keywords: labour productivity, production costs, human capital, immigrants

JEL Classification: E23, E24, F22, L23

Suggested Citation

Nicolini, Rosella and Gómez–Tello, Alicia, Immigration and Productivity: A Spanish Tale (November 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2204300 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2204300

Rosella Nicolini (Contact Author)

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( email )

Edifici B
Campus UAB
Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Alicia Gómez–Tello

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( email )

Edifici B
Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Paper statistics

Downloads
71
Rank
275,477
Abstract Views
959