Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #257

Labor Market Effects of Immigration – Evidence from Neighborhood Data

by Thomas K. Bauer, Regina Flake and Mathias Sinning

RWI, RUB, RGS Econ, 05/2011, 22 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-300-9

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Abstract

This paper combines individual-level data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) with economic and demographic postcode-level data from administrative records to analyze the effects of immigration on wages and unemployment probabilities of high- and low-skilled natives. Employing an instrumental variable strategy and utilizing the variation in the population share of foreigners across regions and time, we find no support for the hypothesis of adverse labor market effects of immigration.

JEL-Classification: F22, J31, J64, R23

Keywords: International migration; effects of immigration

Published as:

Bauer, T. K., R. Flake and M. Sinning (2013), Labor Market Effects of Immigration – Evidence from Neighborhood Data. Review of International Economics 21 (2): 370-385.

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