Monday, August 4, 2014
Immigration Article of the Day: Do Immigrants Work in Worse Jobs than U.S. Natives? Evidence from California by Madeline Zavodny
Do Immigrants Work in Worse Jobs than U.S. Natives? Evidence from California by Madeline Zavodny, Agnes Scott College; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) IZA Discussion Paper No. 8327
Abstract: In the debate over immigration reform, it is frequently asserted that immigrants take jobs that U.S. natives do not want. Using data from the 2000 Census merged with O*NET data on occupation characteristics, I show that the jobs held by immigrants are more physically arduous than the jobs held by U.S. natives. However, data from the California Work and Health Survey on self-reported physical job demands indicate that immigrants do not perceive their jobs as requiring more physical effort than U.S. natives. Immigrants thus have worse jobs than natives but do not view them as such.