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CentrePiece article
The labour market impact of refugee waves
Michael A. Clemens and Jennifer Hunt
October 2017
Paper No' CEPCP519:
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CentrePiece 22 (3) Autumn 2017

Tags: refugees; immigration; instrumental variables

Recent research has challenged the consensus that sudden inflows of refugees have little or no impact on natives’ wages and employment, claiming instead that there are uniformly large detrimental effects on natives without school qualifications. Michael Clemens and Jennifer Hunt demonstrate the flaws in this analysis: the labour market impact of immigration is small even on natives with low skill levels.

This article summarises ‘The Labor Market Effects of Refugee Waves: Reconciling Conflicting Results’ by Michael Clemens and Jennifer Hunt, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1491, July 2017.