Who has it worse? Northeastern and Bolivian workers in the São Paulo job market

Abstract The article compares income differentials of Bolivian and Northeastern workers in the State of São Paulo based on data from the 2010 Demographic Census. The strategy of comparing internal and international migrants is a way of trying to understand how mechanisms of selectivity, adaptation and discrimination by origin operate. Statistical models were used to control the analyses and to know if Bolivians and Northeastern people with characteristics as similar as possible in terms of census variables, would present a salary differential, leaving the place of birth as the only discriminant variable. From the decomposition of wage differentials, we verify that the productive attributes of these immigrants are valued differently. The analysis shows that Bolivians "do better" when compared to Northeasterners, who find themselves in a worse situation, given the lower valuation of their individual attributes.