Jan Fidrmuc: Labor-market Effects of EU Immigration to the UK: Individual-level Analysis

21.04.2015 (13:30 - 15:00)

Abstract

We use the UK Labor Force Survey to investigate the impact of immigration density at the regional level for individual-level labor market outcomes. In doing so, we take account of the resident workers’ human capital level, to allow immigration to have different effect on resident workers with low, intermediate and high skill level. We consider migrants from the European Economic Area, who face no restrictions on residence and employment in the UK during the period that we analyze. We particularly focus on whether the migrants from the new member states of the EU have a different labor-market impact than the migrants from the old member states. Our results suggest that European immigration has important distributional effects that depend on UK workers’ skills as well as gender. Contrary to expectations, the labor-market impact of immigrants from the new EU member states does not appear dramatically different from those from the rest of Europe.

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