Spanish Economic Review

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 109–134

Analysis of wage differences between native and immigrant workers in Spain

  • Juan Francisco Canal-Domínguez
  • César Rodríguez-Gutiérrez
Regular Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10108-007-9033-3

Cite this article as:
Canal-Domínguez, J.F. & Rodríguez-Gutiérrez, C. Span Econ Rev (2008) 10: 109. doi:10.1007/s10108-007-9033-3


This paper analyses the nature of wage differences between native and immigrant workers in Spain. By estimating separated wage equations for the sub samples of both native and non-native workers and applying the Oaxaca–Blinder method, we observe that the relative unexplained (or discriminatory) component of the wage difference has a decreasing behaviour along the most part of the wage distribution, even becoming negative at the end. So, in this paper we detect the existence of a remarkable wage difference against the group of immigrants with the lowest wages which is not explained by the differences in the productive features of both native and non-native workers.


Immigration Wage differences Quantile regression 

JEL Classification

J31 J61 J71 

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Francisco Canal-Domínguez
    • 1
  • César Rodríguez-Gutiérrez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of OviedoOviedoSpain

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