Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 177–193

Earnings assimilation of immigrants in Norway – A reappraisal

  • Pål Longva
  • Oddbjørn Raaum

DOI: 10.1007/s001480100079

Cite this article as:
Longva, P. & Raaum, O. J Popul Econ (2003) 16: 177. doi:10.1007/s001480100079


The relative earnings growth for immigrants in Norway is computed. Unlike Hayfron (1998, this journal) we define immigrants by country of origin rather than citizenship and perform separate studies of immigrants from inside and outside the OECD region. Replicating Hayfron op.cit. we find that the earnings assimilation is considerably weaker. Further, we find that the earnings of OECD immigrants are comparable to those of natives, while Non-OECD immigrants earn considerably less than natives at the time of entry, but that their relative earnings improve gradually over time. Earnings of different immigrant cohorts converged from 1980 to 1990, indicating a non-linear rate of assimilation.

JEL classification: J31
Key words: Wage differentialsearnings assimilation

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pål Longva
    • 1
  • Oddbjørn Raaum
    • 2
  1. 1. Department of Economics, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1095 Blindern, N-0317 Oslo, Norway (Fax: +47-22855035; e-mail:
  2. 2. Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research, Gaustadalléen 21, N-0349 Oslo, Norway (Fax: +47-22958825; e-mail: