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Cross-Occupational Effects of Immigration on Native Wages in the UK

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>20/04/2023
<mark>Journal</mark>Applied Economics Letters
Number of pages5
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date20/04/23
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article estimates the effect of immigration into an occupation on the wages of natives working in other, better-paid occupations. Using Annual Population Survey data from the UK we rank occupations by the Standard Occupation Classification provided by the ONS and find that increases in the migrant/native ratio raise average wages of natives working in the next higher ranked occupation by around 0.332%. Our findings have important implications for policy and public discourse. They suggest that debates over the economic impacts of migration often ignore the potential spill-over benefits that a migrant can bring to the outcomes for native workers elsewhere in the wage distribution, particularly in lower wage occupations