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Immigrant-native wage gaps in time-series: Complementarities or composition effects?

Journal article
Authors Joakim Ruist
Published in Economics Letters
Volume 119
Issue 2
Pages 154-156
ISSN 0165-1765
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 154-156
Language en
Keywords Immigrant–native complementarities; Wage gaps; Immigrant composition
Subject categories Economics


Previous research has shown that immigrants’ wages decrease when the supply of immigrants increases. This negative correlation has been interpreted as evidence of immigrant–native complementarities in production. The present study finds that it is instead due to changing immigrant composition.

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