Earnings inequality, returns to education and immigration into Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Barrett, Alan
dc.contributor.author Fitz Gerald, John
dc.contributor.author Nolan, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-07T16:07:29Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-07T16:07:29Z
dc.date.copyright 2000 The Institute for the Study of Labor en
dc.date.issued 2000-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1023
dc.description.abstract Increasing earnings inequality has been an important feature of the US and UK labour markets in recent years. The increase appears to be related to an increased demand for skilled labour and an increase in the returns to education. In this paper we examine what has happened to earnings inequality and the returns to education in Ireland between 1987 and 1997. We find that while both increased between 1987 and 1994, the increases slowed dramatically between 1994 and 1997. This is somewhat surprising as the exceptional growth in the Irish economy occurred from 1994 on. We look to immigration as being a contributing factor to this pattern because a large group of skilled workers flowed into the Irish labour market between 1994 and 1997. We develop a model of the Irish labour market and use it to simulate the impact of an increase in skilled labour. The simulation suggests that immigration did indeed reduce earnings inequality. This result is an interesting corollary to work from the US that shows the immigration of unskilled workers increasing earnings inequality. en
dc.description.sponsorship European Union TSER programme, grant no. SOE2-CT97-3052 en
dc.format.extent 4304 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Institute for the Study of Labor en
dc.relation.ispartofseries IZA Discussion Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries No. 167 en
dc.subject Earnings inequality en
dc.subject Returns to education en
dc.subject Immigration en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject.classification J61 en
dc.subject.lcsh Income distribution--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Wages--Effect of education on en
dc.subject.lcsh Ireland--Emigration and immigration en
dc.title Earnings inequality, returns to education and immigration into Ireland en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.authorurl Brian Nolan (web page) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucd.ie/research/people/appliedsocialscience/professorbrianthomasnolan/home/ en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0040 en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions ftp://repec.iza.org/RePEc/Discussionpaper/dp167.pdf en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Barrett|Alan|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Fitz Gerald|John|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Nolan|Brian|aut|UCD0040


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