Maria Hoen, Frisch Centre. "Immigration and Economic Mobility"
ESOP-seminar. Maria Hoen is a Doctoral Student at the Frisch Centre. She will present the paper: "Immigration and Economic Mobility" (with Simen Markussen and Knut Røed).
Thursday 17. December, Maria Hoen will present the second half of the paper, as her presentation Monday 7. December was interrupted.
We examine how immigration affects natives’ relative prime-age labor market outcomes by economic class background, with class background established on the basis of parents’ earnings rank. Exploiting alternative sources of variation in immigration patterns across time and space, we find that immigration from low-income countries reduces intergenerational mobility and thus steepens the social gradient in natives’ labor market outcomes, whereas immigration from high-income countries levels it. The findings are robust with respect to a wide range of identifying assumptions. The analysis builds on high-quality population-wide administrative data from Norway, which is one of the rich-world countries with the most rapid rise in the immigrant population share over the past two decades. Our findings suggest that immigration can explain a considerable part of the observed relative decline in economic performance among natives with lower class background.