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Declining Employment Assimilation of Immigrant Males in Sweden: Observed or Unobserved Characteristics?

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  • Pieter Bevelander, Denmark
  • Helena Skyt Nielsen, Denmark
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Focusing on Nordic and Yugoslavian immigrant males, we study the determinants of employment success of natives and immigrants in Sweden. Furthermore, we investigate the reasons behind the arising gap in employment success between Swedes and immigrants from 1970 to 1990. In a decomposition analysis, we find that the main part of the decline in the employment probability of immigrants relative to Swedes over time is explained by a change in coefficients (unobserved characteristics) rather than a change in determinants (observed characteristics).
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Pages (from-to)455-471
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Research areas

  • Employment probability, Decomposition, Immigrants, Sweden

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