DP2502 Hit Twice? Danish Evidence on the Double-Negative Effect on the Wages of Immigrant Women

Author(s): Helena S Nielsen, Michael Rosholm, Nina Smith
Publication Date: July 2000
Keyword(s): Double-Negative Effect, Gender Wage Gap, Immigrants, Wage Assimilation
JEL(s): J15, J16, J31, J71
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
Link to this Page: www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=2502

In this paper, we investigate whether there is a double-negative effect on the wages of immigrant women in Denmark stemming from a negative effect from both gender and foreign country of origin. We estimate separate wage equations for Danes and a number of immigrant groups correcting for sample selection and individual specific effects. Based on a Danish panel of register data, we find that all women are affected by a substantial gender discrimination in wages, but only Pakistani women experience a double-negative effect.