Osea Giuntella

  • Current position:
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Economics at the Blavatnik School of Government and Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK
  • Research interest:
    Labor economics, health economics
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  • Affiliations:
    University of Oxford, UK, and IZA, Germany
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, Boston University, 2013
  • Selected publications:
    • “Do immigrants squeeze natives out of bad schedules?” IZA Journal of Migration 1:7 (2012).
    • “Medicaid and ethnic networks." The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 11:1 (2011) (with E. R. Gee).
    • “The effects of age and job protection on the welfare costs of inflation and unemployment: A source of ECB anti-inflation bias?” European Journal of Political Economy 26 (2010): 137–146 (with L. Becchetti and S. Castriota).
  • Articles

Do immigrants improve the health of native workers?

Immigration crowds native workers out of risky jobs and into less strenuous work, with consequent benefits to their health

November 2014

10.15185/izawol.102 102

by Osea Giuntella Giuntella, O

Public debate on immigration focuses on its effects on wages and employment, yet the discussion typically fails to consider the effects of immigration on working conditions that affect workers’ health. There is growing evidence that immigrants are more likely than natives to work in risky jobs, as they are more inclined to take on physically intensive tasks. Recent studies show that as immigration rises, native workers are pushed into less demanding jobs. Such market adjustments have positive impacts on the health of the native workers.