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From guests to hosts: immigrant-native wage differentials in Spain
International Journal of Manpower (2010)
  • José-Ignacio Antón, Universidad de Salamanca
  • Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo, Universidad de Salamanca
  • Miguel Carrera, Universidad de Salamanca

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse immigrant-native wage differentials in Spain.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper exploits the Earnings Structure Survey 2006, which is the first nationally representative sample of both foreign and Spanish employees. Using the Machado-Mata econometric procedure, wage differentials between locals and foreigners are decomposed into the gap related to characteristics and the one due to different returns on endowments (i.e. discrimination).

Findings – The paper finds that, in absolute terms, the latter component grows across the wage distribution, reflecting the existence of a kind of glass ceiling, consistent with the evidence of over-education found in previous research.

Originality/value – The paper for the first time explores earnings differentials between immigrant and Spanish workers using a nationally representative database. In addition, standard errors are computed in order to determine if the gaps are statistically significant, a task not addressed by previous works. Finally, the work is relevant as Spain has become a host country only a few years ago.

  • Immigration,
  • Pay,
  • Employees,
  • Spain
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Citation Information
José-Ignacio Antón, Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo and Miguel Carrera. "From guests to hosts: immigrant-native wage differentials in Spain" International Journal of Manpower (2010)
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