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Immigration helps average UK wages but holds back wages of the least well paid

11 May 2012

A new study by economists Christian Dustmann, Tommaso Frattini and Ian Preston, entitled “The Effect of Immigration along the Distribution of Wages” and published in the journal Review of Economic Studies, has analysed the effect of immigration on the wages of UK-born workers along the entire distribution of wages. The evidence suggest that immigration in the UK has contributed positively to average wage growth of UK-born workers but that, while benefiting workers in the middle and upper part of the wage distribution, it put downward pressure on wages of workers at the bottom of the wage distribution. While beneficial to the average UK-born worker it may have widened wage gaps at the lower end

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The Financial Times