Earnings assimilation of immigrants in Norway — A reappraisal

  • Pål Longva
  • Oddbjørn Raaum
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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.

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Wage differentials earnings assimilation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pål Longva
    • 1
  • Oddbjørn Raaum
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of OsloBlindernOsloNorway
  2. 2.Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic ResearchOsloNorway

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