Pre- and post-migration labour market mismatch in Sweden 1970-1990

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis


Labour market outcomes for immigrants in general is a well researched field, but the mechanisms behind labour market mismatches among immigrants post-migration is still in need of empirical research. Using a unique and newly compiled dataset on Swedish immigrants, also containing pre-migration occupational and educational information data, this study aims makes use of maximum likelihood models to measure the influence of an individual’s pre-migration history on the post-migration outcomes. The results show significant associations between pre- and post-migration mismatch status, and a persistence in the mismatched state over time. Possible explanations include individual ability, discrimination, imperfect transferability of human capital, and changes in labour demand. The method used is not causal, and the associations shown should be researched further using a causal approach.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Department of Economic History
  • Scott, Kirk, Supervisor
Award date2016 Jun 20
Place of PublicationLund
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Economic History

Free keywords

  • educational mismatch
  • labour market integration
  • immigration
  • Sweden


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