Spanish Economic Review

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 135–168 | Cite as

Labour segregation and immigrant and native-born wage distributions in Spain: an analysis using matched employer–employee data

  • Hipólito Simón
  • Esteban Sanromá
  • Raúl Ramos
Regular Article


This article carries out an empirical examination of the origin of the differences between immigrant and native-born wage structures in the Spanish labour market. Special attention is given in the analysis to the role played by occupational and workplace segregation of immigrants. Legal immigrants from developing countries exhibit lower mean wages and a more compressed wage structure than native-born workers. By contrast, immigrants from developed countries display higher mean wages and a more dispersed wage structure. The main empirical finding is that the disparities in the wage distributions for the native-born and both groups of immigrants are largely explained by their different observed characteristics, with a particularly important influence in this context of workplace and, specially, occupational segregation.


Wage differentials between native-born and immigrant workers Labour market segregation Immigrant workers 

JEL Classification

J15 J24 J30 J61 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hipólito Simón
    • 1
  • Esteban Sanromá
    • 2
  • Raúl Ramos
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de Economía InternacionalUniversidad de AlicanteAlicanteSpain
  2. 2.IEBUniversidad de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.AQR-IREAUniversidad de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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