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August 2013Immigrants and Native Workers: New Analysis Using Longitudinal Employer-Employee Data
with Giovanni Peri: w19315
This paper makes progress on a long standing issue: what is the effect of unskilled immigrants on the labor market outcomes of similarly educated natives? Using the universe of individuals and firms in Denmark for the period 1991-2008 we follow natives over time tracking how their wage, employment and occupational choice responded to a large, exogenous inflow of immigrants. We focus on a largely unexplored inflow of non-European immigrants to Denmark, beginning in 1995 and driven by a sequence of international political crises in Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq, and an economic crisis in Turkey. We find that an increased supply of non-EU immigrants in a Danish municipality pushed less educated native workers to pursue more complex and less manual-intensive occupations. This reallocat...

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