The Effect of Immigration on the Labor Market Performance of Native-Born Workers: Some Evidence for Spain Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2008

start page

  • 627

end page

  • 648


  • 3


  • 21

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0933-1433

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-1475


  • This paper provides an approximation to the labor market effects of immigrants in Spain, a country where labor market institutions and immigration policy exhibit some peculiarities, during the second half of the 1990s, the period in which immigration flows accelerated. By using alternative data sets, we estimate both the impact of legal and total immigration flows on the employment rates and wages of native workers, accounting for the possible occupational and geographical mobility of immigrants and native-born workers. Using different samples and estimation procedures, we have not found a significant negative effect of immigration on either the employment rates or wages of native workers.


  • immigration; employment rates; wages