Cross-occupational effects of immigration on native wages in the UK

Alfano, M., Mckenzie, R. and Roy, G. (2023) Cross-occupational effects of immigration on native wages in the UK. Applied Economics Letters, (doi: 10.1080/13504851.2023.2204213) (Early Online Publication)

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This article estimates the effect of immigration into an occupation on the wages of natives working in other, better-paid occupations. Using Annual Population Survey data from the UK we rank occupations by the Standard Occupation Classification provided by the ONS and find that increases in the migrant/native ratio raise average wages of natives working in the next higher ranked occupation by around 0.332%. Our findings have important implications for policy and public discourse. They suggest that debates over the economic impacts of migration often ignore the potential spill-over benefits that a migrant can bring to the outcomes for native workers elsewhere in the wage distribution, particularly in lower wage occupations.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Roy, Professor Graeme
Authors: Alfano, M., Mckenzie, R., and Roy, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Applied Economics Letters
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-4291
Published Online:20 April 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Applied Economics Letters 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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