Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 627–648 | Cite as

The effect of immigration on the labor market performance of native-born workers: some evidence for Spain

  • Raquel CarrascoEmail author
  • Juan F. Jimeno
  • A. Carolina Ortega


This paper provides an approximation to the labor market effects of immigrants in Spain, a country where labor market institutions and immigration policy exhibit some peculiarities, during the second half of the 1990s, the period in which immigration flows accelerated. By using alternative data sets, we estimate both the impact of legal and total immigration flows on the employment rates and wages of native workers, accounting for the possible occupational and geographical mobility of immigrants and native-born workers. Using different samples and estimation procedures, we have not found a significant negative effect of immigration on either the employment rates or wages of native workers.


Immigration Employment rates Wages 

JEL Classification

J21 J11 



We are grateful to Juan J. Dolado, Juan C. Berganza, Cordelia Reimers, three anonymous referees and the participants at the 2003 Fundación Ramón Areces Conference, 2005 SOLE/EALE Conference, 2006 CREAM Conference and at a FEDEA seminar for helpful comments and suggestions. All remaining errors are our own. We acknowledge the research funding from Fundación BBVA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raquel Carrasco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Juan F. Jimeno
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
  • A. Carolina Ortega
    • 3
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversidad Carlos IIIGetafeSpain
  2. 2.Research DepartmentBanco de EspañaMadridSpain
  3. 3.FEDEAMadridSpain
  4. 4.CEPRLondonUK
  5. 5.IZABonnGermany
  6. 6.Universidad de AlcaláAlcalá de HenaresSpain

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