publication . Article . 2007

Varieties of Inequality: Allocation, Distribution, and the Wage Disadvantages of Immigrant Workers

Kesler, Christel;
Open Access English
  • Published: 02 Mar 2007
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
In this paper, I ask how immigrant/native-born wage gaps differ in two institutionally distinct receiving societies in Western Europe: Sweden, with a comparatively equal wage structure, and the United Kingdom, with a comparatively unequal wage structure. Using large, nationally representative data sets and focusing on 30 immigrant groups that reside in both countries, I document two distinct kinds of inequality between immigrant and native-born workers. In terms of wage percentiles, immigrants fare unambiguously better in the UK, net of human capital, demographic characteristics, and sending country. That is, immigrants achieve higher relative positions in the B...
free text keywords: Wages, Immigrant Workers
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