Reservation wages of first- and second-generation migrants

A.F. Constant, A. Krause, U. Rinne*, K.F. Zimmermann

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We analyse the reservation wages of first- and second-generation migrants, based on rich survey data of the unemployed in Germany. Our results confirm the hypothesis that reservation wages increase over migrant generations and over time, suggesting that the mobility benefit of immigration may be limited in time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-949
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2017

JEL classifications

  • o15 - "Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration"
  • j61 - "Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers"


  • job search
  • Migration
  • reservation wages
  • unemployment
  • immigrant population
  • survey method
  • wage
  • Germany


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