Wednesday, February 28, 2007

More on the Study on the Impacts of Immigrants on Wages

Bill Hing posted yesterday about the study (click here for a copy) released by the Public Policy Institute of California finding that immigrants who arrived in the state between 1990 and 2004 increased wages for native workers by an average 4%. UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri, who conducted the study, said the benefits were shared by all native-born workers, from high school dropouts to college graduates, because immigrants generally perform complementary rather than competitive work.   This undercuts the frequently-made argument that immigrants reduce the wages of U.S. workers.  For the LA Times story on the study, click here.   The Washington Monthly (here) has some interesting commentary, and readers comments, on the study.


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Professor, you conveniently failed to quote the fact that "....the results indicate that recent immigrants did lower the wages of previous immigrants. Wages of immigrants who entered California before 1990 were 17 to 20 percent lower in 2004 than they would have been absent any immmigration between 1990 and 2004." If you're going to cite facts you should do it fairly.

Posted by: Horace | Feb 28, 2007 9:16:16 AM

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