Unemployment Dynamics Among Migrants and Natives

24 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2006

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Arne Uhlendorff

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Harvard University; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: October 2006

Abstract

Unemployment rates are often higher for migrants than for natives. This could result from longer periods of unemployment as well as from shorter periods of employment. This paper jointly examines male native-migrant differences in the duration of unemployment and subsequent employment using German panel data and bivariate discrete time hazard rate models. Compared to natives with the same observable and unobservable characteristics, unemployed migrants do not find less stable positions but they need more time to find these jobs. The probability of leaving unemployment also varies strongly between ethnicities, while first and second generation Turks are identified as the major problem group. Therefore, policy should concentrate on the job finding process of Turkish migrants to fight their disadvantages on the labour market.

Keywords: Unemployment duration, employment stability, bivariate hazard rate models, migration, ethnicity

JEL Classification: C41, J61, J64

Suggested Citation

Uhlendorff, Arne and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Unemployment Dynamics Among Migrants and Natives (October 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5872. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=953815

Arne Uhlendorff

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Klaus F. Zimmermann (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

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German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

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Berlin, 10117
Germany

University of Bonn

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Bonn, D-53012
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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