Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 1165–1185 | Cite as

Immigrants at new destinations: how they fare and why

  • Anabela Carneiro
  • Natércia Fortuna
  • José Varejão
Original Paper

Abstract

We explore matched employer–employee data for a new destination of international migrants in Europe—Portugal. We conclude that the difference between the earnings of immigrants and natives with similar personal characteristics is for the most part due to the characteristics of the matches they form, immigrants being penalized on two different counts: absence of match-specific human capital and occupational downgrading. Moreover, we show that non-random sorting across workplaces has a significant detrimental effect on immigrants’ wages. This is the flip side of joining migrant-crowded workplaces.

Keywords

Immigrants’ earnings Workplace concentration of immigrants Matched employer–employee data 

JEL Classification

J15 J61 J71 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anabela Carneiro
    • 1
  • Natércia Fortuna
    • 1
  • José Varejão
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculdade de EconomiaUniversidade do Porto and CEF.UPPortoPortugal

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