Wage and Mobility Effects of Trade and Migration

29 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2001

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John P. Haisken-DeNew

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research; McMaster University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

Date Written: January 1996

Abstract

The paper investigates the relative importance of trade and immigration for earnings and job mobility of male German workers. Using panel data, changes of workplace within a firm and between firms are separated from occupational changes. Various subgroups are investigated, differentiating between blue and white collar workers according to job level and work experience. The general finding is that trade matters more than migration, which is contrary to the public attention both determinants receive, at least in Germany. While wages are affected negatively by a relative increase in imports, immigration exhibits a positive effect. Trade seems to depress occupational mobility and internal movement, but stimulates inter-firm changes. Immigration affects intra-firm changes negatively, but is largely unrelated to other aspects of labour mobility.

Keywords: Apprenticeship training, employment, human capital, labour market

JEL Classification: C22, C35, F10, F22, J31, J62

Suggested Citation

Haisken-DeNew, John P. and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Wage and Mobility Effects of Trade and Migration (January 1996). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=291068

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