Occupational Sorting and Wage Gaps of Refugees

62 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2020

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Christopher F. Baum

Boston College - Department of Economics

Hans Lööf

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Andreas Stephan

Jonkoping University, Jonkoping International Business School

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: June 9, 2020

Abstract

Refugee workers start low and adjust slowly to the wages of comparable natives. The innovative approach in this study using unique Swedish employer-employee data shows that the observed wage gap between established refugees and comparable natives is mainly caused by occupational sorting into cognitive and manual tasks. Within occupations, it can be largely explained by differences in work experience. The identification strategy relies on a control group of matched natives with the same characteristics as the refugees, using panel data for 2003-2013 to capture unobserved heterogeneity.

Keywords: refugees, wage earnings gap, Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition, employer-employee data, coarsened exact matching, correlated random effects model

Suggested Citation

Baum, Christopher (Kit) F. and Loof, Hans and Stephan, Andreas and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Occupational Sorting and Wage Gaps of Refugees (June 9, 2020). Life Course Centre Working Paper No. 2020-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3634340 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3634340

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