The objective of the paper is to estimate the effects of immigration on natives' probability of having private coverage and being uninsured. To examine whether immigrants affected employers' decisions to offer health benefits the study estimates immigration effects on natives' probability of being offered, eligible for, and a policy-holder of health insurance. Although in many cases the effects are statistically significant, most effects are very small. The increase in immigrant labor supply from 1995 to 2005 increases natives' uninsurance rates by about 0.7 percentage points and reduces the natives' probability of being offered and a holder of coverage by 0.8 and 1.9 percentage points, respectively. Immigrants' weaker preferences for coverage relative to natives' may be the key factor in this result.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Immigration increased Israel's population by 12 percent between 1990 and 1994, after emigration restrictions were lifted in
an unstable Soviet Union. Following the influx, occupations that employed more immigrants had substantially lower native wage
growth and slightly lower native employment growth than others. However, because the immigrants' postmigration occupational
distribution was influenced by relative labor market conditions across occupations in Israel, Ordinary Least Squares estimates
of the immigrants' impact on those conditions are biased. Instrumental Variables estimation, exploiting information on the
immigrants' former occupations abroad, suggests no adverse impact of immigration on native outcomes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Immigration is not evenly balanced across groups of workers who have the same education but differ in their work experience,
and the nature of the supply imbalance changes over time. This paper develops a new approach for estimating the labor market
impact of immigration by exploiting this variation in supply shifts across education-experience groups. I assume that similarly
educated workers with different levels of experience participate in a national labor market and are not perfect substitutes.
The analysis indicates that immigration lowers the wage of competing workers: a 10 percent increase in supply reduces wages
by 3 to 4 percent.
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