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Earnings Growth of Mexican Immigrants: New versus Traditional Destinations

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  • Kaushal, Neeraj

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    (Columbia University)

  • Shang, Ce

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    (University of Illinois at Chicago)

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We study the earnings of Mexican immigrants in their traditional and newer destinations in the US. Analysis based on longitudinal data suggests that during 2001-2009, the real wage of Mexican immigrants increased 1-2% a year at the traditional destinations, but remained mostly statistically insignificant at the newer destinations. Mexicans at the traditional destinations exhibited greater residential stability: internal migration, non-follow up in the longitudinal data, and predicted return migration were higher among immigrants at the newer destinations than among immigrants at the traditional destinations. Predicted return migration was found to be selective on past earnings among men, but not among women. For men, a 10 percentage point increase in predicted probability of return migration was associated with a 0.3-0.5% lower wage in the year prior to return.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7427.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7427

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Keywords: Mexican immigrants; selection; earning assimilation; geographic dispersion; return migration;

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Cited by:
  1. Christian Dustmann & Joseph-Simon Görlach, 2014. "Selective Outmigration and the Estimation of Immigrants' Earnings Profiles," CESifo Working Paper Series 4617, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Christian Dustmann, 2014. "Selective Outmigration and the Estimation of Immigrants Earnings Profiles," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1402, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.

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