Seminar CRENoS-DECA 2009: Does immigration raise blue and white collar wages of natives?

25/05/2009 - 14:00 to 16:00

Aula Magna, Faculty of Economics

Via Sant'Ignazio 74, Cagliari

Presentation of the paper

Does immigration raise blue and white collar wages of natives?

Stefano Staffolani
Università Politecnica delle Marche

On Monday 25 May at 12:00
Aula Magna - Faculty of Economics


This paper analyses theoretically and empirically the eects of immigration on the wage rate of native workers. Empirical literature rarely nds that immigration generates a fall in the wages of manual workers. The theoretical model presented in this paper justies those results, by hypothesizing an economic system where advanced rms buy an intermediate good from traditional rms, which employ manual workers in both clean and dirty tasks, the latter being more disliked by native workers. We conclude that native skilled wages always increase whereas native unskilled wages can both increase or decrease with immigration. An empirical analysis of the Italian labour market follows, showing that all native workers' wages rise with immigration

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