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Labor Outflows and Labor Inflows in Puerto Rico

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  • George J. Borjas
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    Although a sizable fraction of the Puerto Rican–born population moved to the United States, the island also received large inflows of persons born outside Puerto Rico. Hence Puerto Rico provides a unique setting for examining how labor inflows and outflows coexist and measuring the mirror‐image wage impact of these flows. The study yields two findings. First, the skills of the out‐migrants differ from those of the in‐migrants. Puerto Rico attracts high‐skill in‐migrants and exports low‐skill workers. Second, the two flows have opposing effects on wages: in‐migrants lower the wage of competing workers, and out‐migrants increase the wage.

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    Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Human Capital.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 32-68

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    Handle: RePEc:ucp:jhucap:v:2:i:1:y:2008:p:32-68

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    1. Steinhardt, Max Friedrich, 2009. "The wage impact of immigration in Germany: New evidence for skill groups and occupations," HWWI Research Papers 1-23, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
    2. Gindling, T. H., 2008. "South-South Migration: The Impact of Nicaraguan Immigrants on Earnings, Inequality and Poverty in Costa Rica," IZA Discussion Papers 3279, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Jeffrey Grogger & Gordon H. Hanson, 2008. "Income Maximization and the Selection and Sorting of International Migrants," NBER Working Papers 13821, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Sotomayor, Orlando, 2009. "Puerto Rican Migration Flows and the Theory of Migrant Self-Selection," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 726-738, March.

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