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Undocumented Immigration and Unemployment of U.S. Youth and Minority Workers: Econometric Evidence

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  • Winegarden, C R
  • Khor, Lay Boon
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    The authors use Census-based data on the state distribution of the undocumented-alien population in analyzing the relationship between that population and unemployment among youth and minority workers. Regression results from their two-equation models do not support commonly expressed fears that undocumented immigration has caused any substantial increases in joblessness among these presumably vulnerable groups, although small amounts of displacement are indicated. A sizable reverse effect is evident: undocumented immigrants tend to concentrate in states where labor markets for these marginal groups are most favorable. Copyright 1991 by MIT Press.

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics & Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 73 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 105-12

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    Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:73:y:1991:i:1:p:105-12

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    1. Giovanni Mastrobuoni & Paolo Pinotti, 2011. "Legal status of immigrants and criminal behavior: evidence from a natural experiment," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers), Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area 813, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    2. Michael D. Makowsky & Thomas Stratmann, 2012. "Politics, Unemployment, and the Enforcement of Immigration Law," Working Papers, Towson University, Department of Economics 2012-04, Towson University, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2012.
    3. Karin Mayr & Alexander Kemnitz, 2012. "Return Migration and Illegal Immigration Control," Vienna Economics Papers, University of Vienna, Department of Economics 1208, University of Vienna, Department of Economics.
    4. Ken Clark & Stephen Drinkwater, 2009. "The Labour Market Impact of Recent Immigration on Ethnic Groups in The UK," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 35, pages 4.
    5. Manuel Pastor & Enrico Marcelli, 2003. "Somewhere over the rainbow?: African Americans, unauthorized Mexican immigration, and coalition building," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer, Springer, vol. 31(1), pages 125-155, September.
    6. Karin Mayr & Steffen Minter & Tim Krieger, 2009. "Policies on illegal immigration in a federation," Working Papers CIE, University of Paderborn, CIE Center for International Economics 23, University of Paderborn, CIE Center for International Economics.
    7. Michael Stoll & Edwin Melendez & Abel Valenzuela, 2002. "Spatial Job Search and Job Competition Among Immigrant and Native Groups in Los Angeles," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(2), pages 97-112.
    8. Carter, Thomas J., 1999. "Illegal immigration in an efficiency wage model," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 385-401, December.
    9. Giovanni Mastrobuoni & Paolo Pinotti, 2011. "Migration Restrictions and Criminal Behavior: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," Carlo Alberto Notebooks, Collegio Carlo Alberto 208, Collegio Carlo Alberto.
    10. Pia M. Orrenius & Madeline Zavodny, 2007. "The minimum wage and Latino workers," Working Papers, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 0708, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
    11. Giovanni Mastrobuoni & Paolo Pinotti, 2012. "Legal status and the criminal activity of immigrants," Working Papers, "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (DONDENA), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi 052, "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (DONDENA), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi.

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