UCL Department of Economics


CReAM - Brown Bag Seminar - Brian Bell (KCL)

06 December 2022, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm

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Title: Immigrant Downgrading: New Evidence from UK Panel Data

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Jiangnan Liao

Abstract: We examine the wage and occupation outcomes for cohorts of immigrants who arrived in the UK since 2000. Using the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) with a matched migrant identifier, we can follow a 1% sample of all workers (native and migrant) within and across jobs. This also allows us to identify relative attrition rates between natives and migrants. The work focuses in particular on EU8 workers who arrived in the UK since 2004 as part of the EU expansion. Consistent with prior work, we find substantial evidence of occupational downgrading for these migrants. Importantly, the panel data allows us to track these workers in subsequent years and we find very little evidence of labour market improvement from initial entry. This result is robust to accounting for non-random attrition.

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