More on immigration

Ok. I can’t wait anymore. Someday this paper (co-written with my advisor) will show up here. The paper reviews trends in immigration in California and summarizes the findings of one of Peri’s working papers. In that more technical paper, Peri found a clever way to control for all three confounding effects I’ve discussed before that can contaminate estimates of the effects of immigration on native employment outcomes. Consistent with most of the literature, he finds no negative effects of immigration in this respect.

Also, here’s Peri talking about immigration:

2 thoughts on “More on immigration”

  1. But shouldn’t we attribute a great weight for explaining this apparently paradoxical result to economic growth? I think immigrants come because there are deficits in certain labor segments, and not the other way around: that new opportunities appear because there is oversupply of some types of labor.

  2. Economic growth in one area relative to another would attract both immigrants and natives, no? Peri, and others, have found that even when you control this effect — basically by subtracting out economic growth — you get zero correlation between immigrants and native wages or employment.

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