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2008 Awards for Excellence
Article Type: 2008 Awards for Excellence From: International Journal of Manpower, Volume 29, Issue 8
The following article was selected for this year's Outstanding Paper Award for International Journal of Manpower
"Immigrants' relative earnings in Sweden - a quantile regression approach''
Mats HammarstedtCentre for Labour Market Policy Research, Växjö University, Växjö, SwedenGhazi ShukurJönkoping International Business School, Jönkoping, Sweden
Purpose - There is now a large amount of literature on immigrants' relative earnings and immigrants' earnings assimilation in different countries. This paper aims to contribute to international research, since the paper investigates the earnings gap between different groups of immigrants and natives at different parts of the earnings distribution in Sweden.Design/methodology/approach - Quantile regressions are estimated on a large dataset in order to study to what extent there are differences in the earnings gap between different groups of immigrants and natives at the top and the bottom of the earnings distribution in Sweden.Findings - The study shows, that immigrants are doing relatively better at the top than at the bottom of the earnings distribution. This is the case for males as well as for females. Furthermore, the study also shows that in times of recession, the earnings gap between immigrants from European countries and natives remains stable, while the earnings gap between non-European immigrants and natives at the bottom of the earnings distribution increases substantially.Originality/value - This paper is useful to those wishing to examine the extent of differences in earnings between immigrants and natives and differences in earnings between different immigrant groups.
Keywords Earnings, Immigrants, Sweden
This article originally appeared in Volume 28 Number 6, 2007, pp. 456-73, International Journal of Manpower