Rethinking the Effects of Immigration on Wages: New Data and Analysis from 1990-2004

Oct 01, 2006 | by
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A crucial question in the current debate over immigration is what impact immigrants have on the wages of native-born workers. At first glance, it might seem that the simple economics of supply and demand provides the answer: immigrants increase the supply of labor; hence they should decrease the wages of native workers. However, the issue is more complicated than this for two reasons that have been largely overlooked.