Frederic Docquier

Université Catholique de Louvain
3, Place Montesquieu
B-1348 Louvain-La-Neuve

E-Mail: frederic.docquier@uclouvain.be
Institutional Affiliation: Université Catholique de Louvain

NBER Working Papers and Publications

December 2010The Wage Effects of Immigration and Emigration
with Çaǧlar Özden, Giovanni Peri: w16646
In this paper, we simulate the long-run effects of migrant flows on wages of high-skilled and low-skilled non-migrants in a set of countries using an aggregate model of national economies. New in this literature we calculate the wage effect of emigration as well as immigration. We focus on Europe and compare the outcomes for large Western European countries with those of other key destination countries both in the OECD and outside the OECD. Our analysis builds on an improved database of bilateral stocks and net migration flows of immigrants and emigrants by education level for the years 1990 through 2000. We find that all European countries experienced a decrease in their average wages and a worsening of their wage inequality because of emigration. Whereas, contrary to the popular belief, ...

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