Ratio Working Paper No. 335 International Trade and Labor Market Integration of Immigrants

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Aili Tang, employment, Export, Fredrik Sjöholm, Immigrants, Import, Magnus Lodefalk, Wages
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We examine if international trade improves labor market integration of immigrants in Sweden. Immigrants participate substantially less than natives in the labor market. However, trading with a foreign country is expected to increase the demand for immigrants from that country. By hiring immigrants, a firm may access foreign knowledge and networks needed to overcome information frictions in trade. Using granular longitudinal matched employer–employee data and an instrumental variable approach, we estimate the causal effects of a firm’s bilateral trade on employment and wages of immigrants from that country. We find a positive, yet heterogeneous, effect of trade on immigrant employment but no effect on immigrant wages.

Lodefalk, M., Sjöholm, F. & Tang, A. (2020). International Trade and Labor Market Integration of Immigrants. Ratio Working Paper No. 335. Stockholm: Ratio.

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