Thursday, June 12, 2008
Migrants, wages and unemployment
Posted by David Smith at 11:00 PM
Category: Thoughts and responses

Have migrant workers held down the wages of indigenous employees and increased unemployment among the young and unskilled? Not according to a new paper by Sarah Lemos and Jonathan Portes, published by the Department of Work and Pensions. It says, and I quote: "We find no statistically significant impact of A8 migration on claimant unemployment, either overall or for any identifiable subgroup. In particular we find no adverse impacts on the young or low-skilled. Nor do we find a statistically significant impact on wages, either on average or at any point in the wage distribution, although the evidence here is less complete." The full paper is here.