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The use of natural experiments in migration research

By Semih Tumen


Estimating the causal effect of immigration on the labor market outcomes of native workers has been a major concern in the literature. Because immigrants decide whether and where to migrate, immigrant populations generally consist of individuals with characteristics that differ from those of a randomly selected sample. One solution is to focus on events such as civil wars and natural catastrophes that generate rapid and unexpected flows of refugees into a country unrelated to their personal characteristics, location, and employment preferences. These \u201cnatural experiments\u201d yield estimates that find small negative effects on native workers\u2019 employment but not on wages

Topics: J61, J15, F22, C18, ddc:330, refugees, natural experiments, identification, causal effects
Publisher: Bonn: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Year: 2015
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Provided by: EconStor

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