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The Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market Outcomes of Swedish Natives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the last decades, increasing immigration to Sweden has led to a rather intense debate about its impact on the Swedish society, such as the labor market outcomes of the native-born population. This thesis investigates the effects of immigration on the employment and unemployment rates of native-born Swedes using panel data on local labor markets for the time period 1997-2013. Two age groups are studied: natives aged 20-24 and natives aged 20-64. The analysis is done with a fixed-effects estimator, a difference estimator, and an instrumental variable approach based on historical settlement patterns of immigrants. The results show statistically significant negative effects of immigration on native employment, with larger estimated effects for young natives and native males. The estimated effects of immigration on native unemployment are less clear-cut, and are mostly statistically insignificant.

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employment, unemployment, immigration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-255352DiVA: diva2:821950
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-16 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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