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Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

Wage Policies and the Integration of Immigrants

Book Chapter
Ek, Simon and Per Skedinger (2019). “Wage Policies and the Integration of Immigrants”. In Lars Calmfors and Nora Sánchez Gassen (Eds.), Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets (187–209). Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers.

Simon Ek, Per Skedinger

Lars Calmfors, Nora Sánchez Gassen

Most Nordic countries struggle with the integration of low-skilled immigrants. Relying on research from primarily the Nordics, we discuss to what extent minimum wage reductions can improve labour market prospects for immigrants, whether unskilled and low-pay jobs serve as stepping stones to more qualified and higher-paid jobs and how wages of incumbent workers would be affected by lower minimum wages. We argue that targeted minimum wage reductions aimed at new, previously non-existing jobs and increased differentiation of minimum wages according to experience provide an appropriate balance between the conflicting goals of high employment and low wage inequality.

Per Skedinger

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