Immigrant Labour Market Assimilation and Arrival Effects: Evidence from the UK Labour Force Survey

36 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2006

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Kenneth Clark

University of Manchester - School of Social Sciences; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Joanne Lindley

University of Nottingham - School of Economics

Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

We estimate models of earnings and employment outcomes for a sample of white and nonwhite male immigrants drawn from the Labour Force Survey between 1993 and 2002. Immigrants who arrived to enter the labour market are distinguished from those who arrived to complete their education. Diverse patterns of labour market assimilation are found depending on ethnicity and immigrant type. Whites tend to do better than non-whites and labour market entrants do worse than education entrants. There is some evidence of unemployment rates at time of entry to the labour market being associated with permanently lower earnings for non-white immigrants.

Keywords: immigrants, assimilation, earnings, employment

JEL Classification: J23, J7

Suggested Citation

Clark, Ken and Lindley, Joanne, Immigrant Labour Market Assimilation and Arrival Effects: Evidence from the UK Labour Force Survey (July 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2228, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=921404 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.921404

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