Wednesday, February 28, 2007
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.