Are new work practices and new technologies biased against immigrant workers?

Rosholm Michael (Department of Economics and Business, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark)
Røed Marianne (Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway)
Schøne Pål (Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Publication date: 11 November 2013



The purpose of this paper is to analyse if introduction of new technologies and work practices are negatively related to the employment opportunities of immigrants.


A representative plant-level panel survey merged with register data is used. Random effect regression Tobit models are estimated. The dependent variable is wage costs share of immigrants at the plant. The important explanatory variables are measures of new technologies and work practices.


The results show that workplaces where employees use personal computers intensively and have broad autonomy hire fewer non-western immigrants who have not been raised in Norway. The negative relationship is especially strong for low-skilled non-western immigrants.


The estimation framework for studying this topic is new. The paper also presents original evidence on the relationship between characteristics of the “new” economy and demand for immigrant workers.



Financial support from The Research Council of Norway (project number 156035/50) is gratefully acknowledged.


Rosholm, M., Røed, M. and Schøne, P. (2013), "Are new work practices and new technologies biased against immigrant workers?", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 34 No. 8, pp. 995-1014.

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