Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Research Papers in Economics,
Stockholm University, Department of Economics

No 2002:9: Employment Convergence of Immigrants and Natives in Sweden

Lena Nekby
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Lena Nekby: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: This study examines the employment convergence patterns of various immigrant groups to natives in Sweden. Using data with annual information (1990-1997) on more than 200,000 individuals, the probability of being regularly employed is estimated, by gender and region of birth, for immigrants with varying duration of residence in Sweden. The results indicate that employment convergence occurs primarily during the first 10 to 15 years after immigration and that significant differences to natives remain thereafter. East and Non European immigrants indicate 55 ­ 70 percent lower chances of being regularly employed, compared to natives, after twenty years in Sweden.

Keywords: Immigration; Employment; Discrimination; Gender

JEL-codes: J15; J16; J21; J61

37 pages, April 14, 2002

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