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CEP discussion paper
Immigration, Diversity and the Labour Market Outcomes of Native Workers: Some Recent Developments
Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano August 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1292:
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JEL Classification: F22; J31; J61

Tags: immigration; wages; productivity; cultural diversity

This brief essay provides a selective discussion of how in recent years economists in the neoclassical tradition have addressed the questions whether and how immigration affects native workers’ labour market outcomes. In particular, it discusses: the distinction between the displacement, productivity and amenity effects of immigration; the issues that arise in using wage changes to identify those effects; and the problem of assessing a causal link from immigration to natives’ labour market outcomes.