Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 627–648

The effect of immigration on the labor market performance of native-born workers: some evidence for Spain

  • Raquel Carrasco
  • Juan F. Jimeno
  • A. Carolina Ortega

DOI: 10.1007/s00148-006-0112-9

Cite this article as:
Carrasco, R., Jimeno, J.F. & Ortega, A.C. J Popul Econ (2008) 21: 627. doi:10.1007/s00148-006-0112-9


This paper provides an approximation to the labor market effects of immigrants in Spain, a country where labor market institutions and immigration policy exhibit some peculiarities, during the second half of the 1990s, the period in which immigration flows accelerated. By using alternative data sets, we estimate both the impact of legal and total immigration flows on the employment rates and wages of native workers, accounting for the possible occupational and geographical mobility of immigrants and native-born workers. Using different samples and estimation procedures, we have not found a significant negative effect of immigration on either the employment rates or wages of native workers.


ImmigrationEmployment ratesWages

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raquel Carrasco
    • 1
  • Juan F. Jimeno
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
  • A. Carolina Ortega
    • 3
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversidad Carlos IIIGetafeSpain
  2. 2.Research DepartmentBanco de EspañaMadridSpain
  3. 3.FEDEAMadridSpain
  4. 4.CEPRLondonUK
  5. 5.IZABonnGermany
  6. 6.Universidad de AlcaláAlcalá de HenaresSpain