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Labor Market Interactions Between Legal and Illegal Immigrants

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  • Epstein, Gil S.

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    (Bar-Ilan University)

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This paper looks at the situation of legal immigrants who employ illegal immigrants to provide them with various services. This enables the legal immigrants to allocate more time to other work, thereby increasing their earnings. Illegal immigrants employed by legal immigrants may specialize in certain professions and may themselves employ other illegal immigrants. An economy is evolving whose sole purpose is the provision of services by illegal immigrants for legal immigrants.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 204.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2000
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Publication status: published in: Review of Development Economics, 2003, 7 (1), 30-43
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp204

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Keywords: legal migration; Illegal migration; guest workers;

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  1. Ethier, Wilfred J, 1986. "Illegal Immigration: The Host-Country Problem," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 76(1), pages 56-71, March.
  2. Avi Weiss & Arye L. Hillman & Gil S. Epstein, 1999. "Creating illegal immigrants," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 3-21.
  3. Benhabib, Jess, 1996. "On the political economy of immigration," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(9), pages 1737-1743, December.
  4. Epstein, Gil S & Hillman, Arye L & Ursprung, Heinrich W, 1999. "The King Never Emigrates," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 3(2), pages 107-21, June.
  5. Ehrlich, Isaac, 1973. "Participation in Illegitimate Activities: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 81(3), pages 521-65, May-June.
  6. Jeffrey Church & Ian King, 1993. "Bilingualism and Network Externalities," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 26(2), pages 337-45, May.
  7. Chiswick, Barry R & Miller, Paul M, 1996. "Ethnic Networks and Language Proficiency among Immigrants," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 9(1), pages 19-35, February.
  8. Carrington, William J & Detragiache, Enrica & Vishwanath, Tara, 1996. "Migration with Endogenous Moving Costs," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 86(4), pages 909-30, September.
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  1. Gil S. Epstein, 2012. "Migrants, Ethnicity and the Welfare State," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1225, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  2. Epstein, Gil S. & Nitzan, Shmuel, 2005. "The Struggle over Migration Policy," IZA Discussion Papers 1533, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Ira N. Gang & Myeong-Su Yun, 2006. "Immigration Amnesty and Immigrant's Earnings," Departmental Working Papers 200632, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.
  4. Gil S. Epstein & Odelia (Cohen) Heizler, 2013. "Minimum wages and the creation of illegal migration," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1306, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  5. Epstein, Gil S. & Gang, Ira N., 2004. "Ethnic Networks and International Trade," IZA Discussion Papers 1232, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Gil S. Epstein, 2012. "Frontier Issues of the Political Economy of Migration," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1224, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  7. Gil S. Epstein & Ira N Gang, 2006. "Migrants, Ethnicity and Strategic Assimilation," Departmental Working Papers 200630, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.
  8. Epstein, Gil S. & Gang, Ira N., 2010. "A Political Economy of the Immigrant Assimilation: Internal Dynamics," IZA Discussion Papers 5059, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  9. Epstein, Gil S. & Gang, Ira N., 2008. "Ethnicity, Assimilation and Harassment in the Labor Market," IZA Discussion Papers 3591, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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