Immigrant relative wages at the great recession: evidence with matched employer-employee data for Spain

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Title: Immigrant relative wages at the great recession: evidence with matched employer-employee data for Spain
Authors: Murillo Huertas, Inés P. | Simón Pérez, Hipólito J.
Research Group/s: Territorio y Movilidad. Mercados de Trabajo y Vivienda
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado
Keywords: Native-immigrant wage gap | Matched employer-employee microdata | Fortin-Lemieux-Firpo decomposition | Juhn-Murphy-Pierce decomposition
Knowledge Area: Economía Aplicada
Issue Date: Jan-2017
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Citation: Bulletin of Economic Research. 2017, 69(1): 77-107. doi:10.1111/boer.12089
Abstract: The article examines relative wages of immigrants in Spain, with a particular focus on the impact of the Great Recession. The empirical analysis is restricted to men and is based on matched employer-employee microdata and the decomposition techniques of Juhn et al. (1991, 1993) and Fortin et al. (2011). Our results show that the significant native-immigrant wage gap that exists both in terms of average wages and of differentials along the wage distribution is essentially explained by differences in the endowments of observed characteristics so that, in general, immigrants tend to receive a similar wage treatment than Spaniards with analogous observed attributes. On the other hand, the Great Recession has had a noticeable impact on the relative wages of immigrants, given that the significant increase of the native-immigrant wage gap observed during the previous expansionary period was mitigated during the economic downturn due to composition effects arising from the severe employment destruction pattern.
ISSN: 0307-3378 (Print) | 1467-8586 (Online)
DOI: 10.1111/boer.12089
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2016 Board of Trustees of the Bulletin of Economic Research and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Peer Review: si
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