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Wage effects of immigration

Prosjektnr1158
ProsjektansvarligBernt Bratsberg
OppdragsgiverISF/Norges forskningsråd
Oppdragsgivers prosjektnr.
ProsjektdeltakereOddbjørn Raaum
Prosjektperiode2007 - 2009 (avsluttet)

Prosjektbeskrivelse

What are the implications of increased immigration for the Norwegian labor market? Do immigrants harm--or do they improve--the employment prospects of natives? The research project spans four broad and interrelated research questions: 1. Do immigrants lower the wage and/or increase the unemployment risk of (seemingly competing) similar native workers? 2. To what extent does immigration increase wages and reduce unemployment risk of non-similar native workers? 3. What are the implications of higher immigration for employment and mobility among natives? 4. To what extent does immigration “grease the wheels of the economy”? The main data set we plan to use is established by merging a series of administrative registers with information about individuals and their employers. From these merged registers, which are managed by Statistics Norway, it is possible to observe the individual labor market histories of all individuals with a legal residence permit in Norway. That is, we can track individuals over time through periods inside and outside the labor market and through periods of unemployment and employment. This is a joint research project between the Frisch Centre and the Institute for Social Research (ISF). Participants are Marianne Røed and Pål Schøne (ISF) and Bernt Bratsberg and Oddbjørn Raaum (Frisch Centre).

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