How Labor Migrants Fare

Part of the series Population Economics pp 121-137

Declining employment success of immigrant males in Sweden: Observed or unobserved characteristics?

  • Pieter BevelanderAffiliated withDepartment of Economic History, Lund University
  • , Helena Skyt NielsenAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, Aarhus School of Business

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Focusing on Nordic and Yugoslavian immigrant males, we study the determinants of employment success of natives and immigrants in Sweden. Furthermore, we investigate the reasons behind the arising gap in employment success between Swedes and immigrants from 1970 to 1990. In a decomposition analysis, we find that the main part of the decline in the employment probability of immigrants relative to Swedes over time is explained by a change in coefficients (unobserved characteristics) rather than a change in determinants (observed characteristics).

Key words

Employment probability assimilation decomposition

JEL classification

F22 F23 J30