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Panel estimates of the earnings gap in Norway: do female immigrants experience a double earnings penalty?

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This study explores the possibility that being both a 'female' and an 'immigrant' will impose an earnings disadvantage on immigrant women in Norway. Well-known techniques are used to decompose the earnings gap between Norwegian men and immigrant women into portions attributable to productivity differentials, portions attributable to a gender effect, and portions attributable to an ethnic effect. The analysis supports the following conclusions: First, there is evidence of a double negative effect on female immigrant earnings. Second, gender effect is more important than ethnic effect. Finally, the discrimination estimates are robust to the alternative methods used in decomposing Norwegian men-immigrant women earnings gap.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 20, 2002

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