Tag Archives: Immigration

Immigrants and Native Workers: New Analysis Using Longitudinal Employer-Employee Data

From Mette Foged and Giovanni Peri: This paper makes progress on a long standing issue: what is the effect of unskilled immigrants on the labor market outcomes of similarly educated natives? Using the universe of individuals and firms in Denmark for the … Continue reading

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The Impact of Immigration on Wages, Internal Migration and Welfare

From Suphanit Piyapromdee: Over the past few decades, the number of immigrants entering the U.S. has increased substantially. The local impacts of immigration may differ from national impacts since some cities attract more immigrants. Even within a city, workers may be … Continue reading

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Heterogeneous Technology Diffusion and Ricardian Trade Patterns

From William Kerr: This study tests the importance of Ricardian technology differences for international trade. The empirical analysis has three comparative advantages: including emerging and advanced economies, isolating panel variation regarding the link between productivity and exports, and exploiting heterogeneous … Continue reading

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Immigrants Equilibrate Local Labor Markets: Evidence from the Great Recession

From Brian Cadena and Brian Kovak: This paper demonstrates that low-skilled Mexican-born immigrants’ location choices in the U.S. respond strongly to changes in local labor demand, and that this geo- graphic elasticity helps equalize spatial differences in labor market outcomes for … Continue reading

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Immigrants and Native Workers: New Analysis Using Longitudinal Employer-Employee Data

From Mette Foged and Giovanni Peri, Using a database that includes the universe of individuals and establishments in Denmark over the period 1991-2008 we analyze the effect of a large inflow of non-European (EU) immigrants on Danish workers. We first identify … Continue reading

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Ten Economic Facts about Immigration

The Hamilton Project has a report out entitled Ten Economic Facts about Immigration that is worth reading. Given the large, productivity enhancing benefits of high skill immigration, the following figure is troubling and highlights a key area for improvement.  

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Links I liked: Health Premium Increases, Immigration, and Closemindedness

1. With health law looming, one large insurer wants a 25 percent premium hike by Sarah Kliff 2. 5 ways immigration reform will help low wage workers by Ezra Klein 3. Why well informed people are also close minded by … Continue reading

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The Labor Market Is Not Zero Sum: EPI, Immigration, & Labor Market Misconceptions

Ross Eisenbrey had an NYT op-ed this week on immigration in which he said: “Bringing over more — there are already 500,000 workers on H-1B visas — would obviously darken job prospects for America’s struggling young scientists and engineers. But it … Continue reading

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The Economics of Immigration

Given the interest and policy relevance (as well as Miles Kimball’s immigration tweet day), I thought I’d write a post on the theory and empirics of the effects of immigration in the labor market. A simple starting point for thinking … Continue reading

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STEM workers, H1B Visas and Productivity in US Cities

Here’s a new and very timely paper from Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih, and Chad Sparber. ABSTRACT: Scientists, Technology professionals, Engineers and Mathematicians (STEM workers) are the fundamental inputs in scientific innovation and technological adoption which, in turn, the main drivers of the … Continue reading

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