CEPII, Recherche et Expertise sur l'economie mondiale
Jeudi 4 novembre 2021
14.30-16.00 - webinar
Real Exchange Rates and the Earnings of Immigrants. Online research seminar

Christian Dustmann
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University College London
Director of CReAM – Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration
Professor Christian Dustmann will be presenting the findings of his paper "Real Exchange Rates and the Earnings of Immigrants" co-authored with Hyejin Ku and Tanya Surovtseva.

Higher price levels in the destination relative to the origin increase the effective real wages of immigrants, thereby affecting immigrants’ reservation and entry wages as well as their subsequent career trajectories. Based on micro-level longitudinal administrative data from Germany and exploiting within-country and across-cohort variations in the real exchange rate (RER) between Germany and countries that newly joined the European Union in the 2000s, the authors find that immigrants arriving with high RERs initially settle for lower paying jobs than comparable immigrants arriving with low RERs. In subsequent periods, however, wages of high RER arrivals catch up to that of their low RER counterparts, convergence achieved primarily through changes to better paying occupations and firms. The findings thus point to the persistent regional price differences as one possible reason for immigrants’ downgrading, with implications for immigrants’ career profiles and the assessment of labor market impacts of immigration.
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