RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS - BOOKS
IMMIGRATION AND LABOR MARKET MOBILITY IN
ISRAEL, 1990 TO 2009
SARIT COHEN GOLDNER, ZVI ECKSTEIN and
The MIT Press, September 2012
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After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, Soviet Jews emigrated in large numbers to Israel. Over the next ten
years, Israel absorbed approximately 900,000 immigrants from the former
Soviet Union, an influx that equaled about twenty percent of the Israeli
population. Most of these new immigrants of working age were college-educated
and highly skilled. Once in Israel, they were eligible for a generous package
of benefits, including housing subsidies, Hebrew language training, and
vocational education. This episode provides a natural experiment for testing
the consequences of a large immigration inflow of skilled workers. This book
provides a detailed analysis of the gradual process of occupational upgrading
of immigrants and the associated rise in their wages.
Based on their analysis, the authors conclude that even a very large
and unanticipated wave of immigration can be integrated within the local
labor market without any significant long-term adverse economic effect on
natives. The small effect on wages and employment of natives is explained by
the capital inflows into Israel and the gradual entry of immigrants into
high-skill jobs as they invest in local human capital. An important
contribution of the book to the immigration literature is the formulation and
estimation of stochastic dynamic models that combine job search with
investment in human capital and the analysis of alternative government
policies within this framework.
Table of Contents of the Book
Tables and Figures
present a complete set of the tables and figures included in the book, along
with the code used to construct them (where available). Note that the Excel
files include hidden worksheets containing the data and calculations.
of Data Files
Gotlibovski "Absorption of 1990-92
Immigrants in Israel: Interaction between Housing and Labor Markets",
Cohen and C. T. Hsieh "Macroeconomic and Labor Market
Impact of Russian Immigration in Israel", 2001.
Eckstein and Y. Weiss "The Integration of Immigrants
from the Former Soviet Union in the Israeli Labor Market",
Weiss, R. Sauer and M. Gotlibovski "Immigration, Search and Loss
of Skill", 2003.
Eckstein and Y. Weiss "On the Wage Growth of
Immigrants: Israel 1990-2000", 2004.
Cohen-Goldner and Z. Eckstein "Labor Mobility of Immigrants:
Training, Experience, Language, and Opportunities",
Cohen-Goldner and Z. Eckstein "Estimating the Return to Training and Occupational
Experience: The Case of Female Immigrants",
Cohen "Training and Work Experience Effects on Absorption
of Female Immigrants in Labor Market", 2001
Eckstein and S. Cohen "Participation of USSR Female Immigrants in
Cohen and Z. Eckstein "The Participation of Female Immigrants
in Vocational Trainings", 2002.
Cohen-Goldner and Z. Eckstein "Evaluating Active Labor Market Policies for Female
Cohen-Goldner and Z. Eckstein "Evaluating Active Labor
Market Policies for Female Immigrants", 2006
Cohen-Goldner "Immigrants in the Israeli
Hi-Tech Industry: Comparison to Natives and the Effect of Training",
Cohen-Goldner, Z. Eckstein and T. Larom "Ten Years of Integration of Former Soviet Union Immigrants in the
Israeli Labor Market", 2006 (Hebrew).
- Z. Eckstein
and S. Cohen "Immigrants in the Labor
Market: Impact, Integration and Methods",
Eckstein and S. Cohen "Labor Mobility of Immigrants:
Training, Experience, Language and Opportunities",
Cooper, Westlake High School, 9th grade (freshman) "Russians in Israel: A Flood of Immigrants",
Eckstein "Immigrants and the Labor
Market: Facts and Policy", 2006.