Does immigration "grease the wheels" of regional labor markets?

Project managerBernt Bratsberg
ClientNorges forskningsråd
Client project no.
Period2008 - 2010 (ended)

Project description

This project examines whether immigration contributes to reducing imbalances in labor demand and supply across geographic regions in Norway. Evidence from other countries suggests that immigrants are more mobile than natives within the national labor market. In this context, being more mobile means that one requires a lower premium in form of improved labor market conditions in order to move from one area to another. As such, immigration can contribute to the equalization of employment conditions and wages across geographic areas. The overriding question in the project is whether or not increased immigration through this mechanism creates efficiency gains in the distribution of productive resources across regional labor markets in Norway and, if so, under what conditions this strengthens national and regional economic development. This is a joint project with the Institute for Social Research and the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research.


Other journals

Bratsberg, Bernt, Marianne Røed og Pål SchøneBidrar innvandring til å ‘smøre hjulene’ i arbeidsmarkedet?2011Søkelys på arbeidslivet Nr 3, 244-264[PDF]