Researchers

Hans Seerar Westerberg

Hans Seerar Westerberg

Hans Seerar Westerberg

Research areas

Firm growth, minimum wage, immigration, marginalized labor, payroll tax

Research description

The labor market is in general terms well functioning in both Sweden and Europe but there are evidently a large and growing group of marginalized individuals that are unable to establish themselves on the labor market. Foreign born individuals are reoccuringly associated with depressing employment statistics. As such, one concern for the future integration of immigrants is the observed difficulties for previous immigrants to enter the labor markets in Europe. This is troublesome as employers might use long unemployment periods as a sorting criterion when hiring employees, which eventually reproduces the characteristics in the stock of marginalized labor.

My research is mainly focused on the labor market integration of marginalized individuals, and generally from a firm perspective. Specifically, I study what characterizes firms that offer jobs for immigrants with features associated with poor labor market outcomes. I am also interested in how firm growth and wage cost changes may affect labor market participation in firms and industries that are characterized by high shares of low-skilled individuals.