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The Economic Diversity of Immigration Across the United States

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  • Friedberg, Rachel

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    (Brown University)

  • Jaeger, David A.

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    (CUNY Graduate Center)

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While it is well known that some areas of the United States receive more immigrants than others, less is understood about the extent to which the character of immigration varies as well. There is much broader geographic variation in the skill and demographic composition of immigrants than natives, with important implications for their economic effects. This paper provides a new perspective by focusing on heterogeneity in outcomes such as the share of population growth due to immigration, the presence of immigrant children in schools, and the effect of immigration on the age, sex, language, and educational composition of the local population and workforce.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4555.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4555

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Keywords: language; immigration; local labor markets; immigrant children;

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  1. Daniel S. Hamermesh & Stephen J. Trejo, 2010. "How Do Immigrants Spend Time?: The Process of Assimilation," NBER Working Papers 16430, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Hamermesh, Daniel S. & Trejo, Stephen, 2010. "How Do Immigrants Spend Their Time? The Process of Assimilation," IZA Discussion Papers 5010, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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