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The Impact of Immigration on the Wage Distribution in Switzerland


Favre, Sandro (2011). The Impact of Immigration on the Wage Distribution in Switzerland. Working paper series / Department of Economics No. 22, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Recent immigrants in Switzerland are overrepresented at the top of the wage distribution in high and at the bottom in low skill occupations. Basic economic theory thus suggests that immigration has led to a compression of the wage distribution in the former group and to an expansion in the latter. The data confirm this proposition for high skill occupations, but reveal effects close to zero for low skill occupations. While the estimated wage effects are of considerable magnitude at the tails of the wage distribution in high skill occupations, the effects on overall inequality are shown to be negligible.

Abstract

Recent immigrants in Switzerland are overrepresented at the top of the wage distribution in high and at the bottom in low skill occupations. Basic economic theory thus suggests that immigration has led to a compression of the wage distribution in the former group and to an expansion in the latter. The data confirm this proposition for high skill occupations, but reveal effects close to zero for low skill occupations. While the estimated wage effects are of considerable magnitude at the tails of the wage distribution in high skill occupations, the effects on overall inequality are shown to be negligible.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:F22, J31, J61
Uncontrolled Keywords:Immigration, wage distribution, occupation groups, inequality, Einwanderung, Lohn, Einkommensverteilung, Ungleichheit, Schweiz
Language:English
Date:August 2011
Deposited On:25 Nov 2011 10:13
Last Modified:24 Nov 2018 06:49
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
ISSN:1664-7041
Additional Information:Ebenfalls erschienen: The Impact of Immigration on the Wage Distribution in Switzerland. The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State 1108, University of Zurich http://www.labornrn.at/wp/2011/wp1108.pdf
OA Status:Green
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp022.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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