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Migrants' skills and productivity: A European perspective

Huber, Peter, Landesmann, Michael, Robinson, Catherine, Stehrer, Robert (2010) Migrants' skills and productivity: A European perspective. National Institute Economic Review, 213 (1). R20-R34. ISSN 0027-9501. (doi:10.1177/0027950113803222) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:39148)

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Abstract

The freedom of movement of persons is one of the core tenets of the European Union. Immigration however is often seen as a cause for concern amongst native workers, as rising labour supply may threaten jobs and create downward pressure on wages. National politicians are increasingly under pressure to guard against it - in times of recession particularly. Despite this, there is evidence that highly-skilled migrant labour has the potential to raise competitiveness significantly and in theory this may feed into productivity. In this paper, we explore first the composition of inward migration to the EU and within the EU, concentrating specifically on the role of the highly-skilled and the extent to which migrants are overqualified within their jobs. We then analyse whether migrant workers affect productivity at the sectoral level. We find underutilisation of skilled foreign labour and there is little evidence in general to suggest that migrants have raised productivity which may in part be attributable to over-qualification. However, we find robust evidence that migrants - particularly highly-skilled migrants - play a positive role in productivity developments in industries which are classified as 'skill intensive'.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0027950113803222
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: AD - Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Austria [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw), Austria [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - WISERD and School of Business and Economics, Swansea University, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - Natl. Inst. Econ. Rev. [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: European Union, Migration, productivity, skills
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: Tracey Pemble
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2014 13:12 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/39148 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Robinson, Catherine: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8861-4880
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