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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title The Impact of Immigration on the Wage Distribution in Switzerland
Organization Unit
  • Sandro Favre
  • English
Series Name The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State
Number 1108
Date 2011
Abstract Text Recent immigrants in Switzerland are overrepresented at the top of the wage distribution in high and at the bottom in low skill occupations. Basic economic theory thus suggests that immigration has led to a compression of the wage distribution in the former group and to an expansion in the latter. The data confirm this proposition for high skill occupations, but reveal effects close to zero for low skill occupations. While the estimated wage effects are of considerable magnitude at the tails of the wage distribution in high skill occupations, the effects on overall inequality are shown to be negligible.
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