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The Substitutability of Labor between Immigrants and Natives in the Canadian Labor Market: Circa 1995

Asadul, Islam (2008): The Substitutability of Labor between Immigrants and Natives in the Canadian Labor Market: Circa 1995. Forthcoming in: Journal of Population Economics

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Abstract

This paper examines the substitutability or complementarity between Canadian-born and immigrant workers. These are examined by estimating a set of wage equations using a Generalized Leontief Production Function. The paper finds that, in general, there is no displacement of Canadian-born workers by immigrants. Recent immigrants affect the native-born positively, while older immigrants are neither substitute nor complement for natives. However, the effects differ across industries. Overall the evidence that immigrants harm the opportunities of native-born workers is scant.

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