New Evidence on the Impact of Legal Status on Immigrant Labor Market Performance: The Spanish Case

21 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2013

See all articles by Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

San Diego State University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Miguel A. Malo

University of Salamanca - Department of Economics and Economic History

Date Written: March 2013

Abstract

Using a recent and rich Spanish data set on immigrants, we examine the impact of legal status on two measures of labor market performance: the likelihood of being employed and earnings. The Spanish case is of special interest given the rapid increase in immigration over the past 15 years and the large number of amnesties granted during the 1990s and 2000s. We find that a 10 per cent increase in the share of legal immigrants would raise the overall employment likelihood of immigrants by 4 percentage points and their earnings by 3.3 per cent. The results, which prove robust to alternative sample specifications, confirm the well‚Äźknown importance of being legal for the economic assimilation of immigrants.

JEL Classification: J15, J64, K37

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and Malo, Miguel A., New Evidence on the Impact of Legal Status on Immigrant Labor Market Performance: The Spanish Case (March 2013). LABOUR, Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 93-113, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2209623 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/labr.12002

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
United States
619-594-1663 (Phone)
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Miguel A. Malo

University of Salamanca - Department of Economics and Economic History ( email )

Salamanca, 37008
Spain

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