Vad händer på arbetsmarknaden vid invandring? I den nya studien ”Immigration, Jobs and Employment Protection: Evidence from Europe” presenteras rakt igenom högintressanta resultat:
Our main empirical findings are three. First, according to results obtained using our preferred specification (2SLS estimates with country by education and education by year fixed effects), immigrants flows do not cause a decrease in natives employment rates, but rather increase them; moreover, higher immigration pushes natives to occupations with higher skill contents: a doubling of the immigrants’ share in a labor market (defined by skill-country cells) increases natives’ specialization in complex skills by 6%. Second, we document that such a positive reallocation takes place through an increase in the average complexity of jobs offered to new hires relative to separations. Third, we split countries in two groups, those with strong employment protection laws (EPL) and those with weak employment protection. We then allow the response of net employment and specialization of natives to differ across groups. We find that the natives’ positive reallocation towards complex jobs triggered by migration is more intense in less protected markets, in particular for workers with low education. This implies that in countries with high EPL, less educated workers tend to remain in simple-manual occupations that suffer much more the wage competition of immigrants, while in countries with low EPL the mechanisms of upgrading natives’ occupations moves less educated workers away from immigrants’ wage competition.
Talar inte detta för att de inhemskt sysselsatta snarast har gynnats av invandring? Och att en flexibel arbetsrätt kan underlätta en omställning som innebär mer avancerade jobb för dessa (förutom ett underlättande för invandrare att få jobb överhuvudtaget)?