February 2016

IZA DP No. 9729: Job Loss and Immigrant Labor Market Performance

published in: Economica ,2018, 85, 124–151

While integration policies typically focus on labor market entry, we present evidence showing that immigrants from low-income countries tend to have more precarious jobs, and face more severe consequences of job loss, than natives. For immigrant workers in the Norwegian private sector, the probability of job loss in the near future is twice that of native workers. Using corporate bankruptcy for identification, we find that the adverse effects of job loss on future employment and earnings are more than twice as large for immigrant employees.