Unemployment of Immigrants and Natives over the Business Cycle: Evidence from the Austrian Labor Market

CESifo Economic Studies, 62/1, 1-25, 2019

Posted: 27 Sep 2019

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Karin Mayr-Dorn

Johannes Kepler University of Linz

Nora Prean

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

We analyze differences in unemployment between immigrants and natives over the business cycle, using a comprehensive matched employer-employee data set for Austria. We find that the unemployment rate of immigrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) is significantly more volatile over the cycle than that of natives. We test for existing theories according to which a greater variability in employment can be due to a selection of workers into specific industries or temporary jobs. We find no evidence for the differential unemployment response of immigrant workers in our sample to be driven by such selection.

JEL Classification: J64, J61, E32

Suggested Citation

Mayr-Dorn, Karin and Prean, Nora, Unemployment of Immigrants and Natives over the Business Cycle: Evidence from the Austrian Labor Market (2019). CESifo Economic Studies, 62/1, 1-25, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3455880

Karin Mayr-Dorn (Contact Author)

Johannes Kepler University of Linz ( email )

Altenbergerstrasse 69
Linz, Upper Austria 4040
Austria

Nora Prean

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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