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November 8, 2023

Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

Migration and native health: new evidence from employer-employee data

Date

November 8, 2023
11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr

Location

Anna-J.-Schwartz-Raum
DIW Berlin
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin

Speakers

Izabela Wnuk

This paper evaluates the effects of immigration on health in the workplace. Using rich linked employer-employee data, I demonstrate that firms with a higher concentration of foreign workers experience lower rates of long-term sick leave among native employees. The effect on the total sick rate is smaller in magnitude. The results are consistent with foreign employment alleviating understaffing and/or prompting career changes, which disproportionately reduce the associated health hazards for natives. The health improvements for natives are concentrated in blue-collar industries, particularly construction, and are driven by foreigners who arrived in Germany relatively recently.

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