Arctic Yearbook 2014 - Page 115

Arctic Yearbook 2014 115   The lowest earnings were among immigrants in “refugee” groups, and these were two to three times lower compared to Swedish-born women and female immigrants from the Nordic countries and Poland. Earnings of women from the other European countries were about 20% lower than those of women from the Nordic countries, but about 20%–25% higher than immigrants from “the other” countries. Earnings of Finnish-born women were lower by about 30% compared to Swedishborn women. This advocated the effect of distortion of statistics, since the Finnish population is more pronounced in the Swedish border municipalities with Finland. Earnings grew over time for all groups studied in this paper (Figure 5), and the raw data demonstrated that group differences remained constant over time (Figure 6). However, these differences tended to diminish in certain groups when controlling for a set of variables, as described below and shown in Figure 7. Despite a growth of earnings, labor supply dynamic