Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

CLS Working Papers,
University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Centre for Labour Market and Social Research

No 00-7: The Times They Are A-Changin' Organizational Change and Immigrant Employment Opportunities in Scandinavia

Michael Rosholm (), Kirk Scott () and Leif Husted
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Michael Rosholm: Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Aarhus School of Business, Postal: The Aarhus School of Business, Prismet, Silkeborgvej 2, DK 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Kirk Scott: University of Lund. Department of Economic History, Postal: Box 7083, S-22007, Lund, Sweden
Leif Husted: AKF. Amternes og Kommunernes Forskningsinstitut

Abstract: This article compares and contrasts male immigrant labor market experiences in Sweden and Denmark during the period 1985-1995. Using register-based panel data sets from Sweden and Denmark, a picture of the employment assimilation process of immigrants from Norway, Poland, Turkey, and Iran is brought forth. The comparative approach shows that immigrants in Sweden and Denmark experienced similar declines in employment prospects between 1985 and 1995 despite quite different developments of aggregate labor market conditions. The explanation offered here is that the changing organizational structure - towards more flexible work organization - has resulted in a decrease in the attractiveness of immigrant employees due to the increasing importance of country-specific skills and informal human capital.

Keywords: Immigrants; employment assimilation; organizational change

JEL-codes: J61; J71; L23; O30

39 pages, July 2000

Note: ISSN 0908-8962

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