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Recent Immigration and Economic Outcomes in Rural America

  • Mark D. Partridge
  • Dan S. Rickman
  • Kamar Ali

This paper assessed how recent immigrant flows have affected non-metropolitan county labor market outcomes over the 2000-2005 period. We find the largest impact to be increased net out-migration of natives in the more remote rural counties. Dramatically less out-migration of natives occurred in manufacturing-dependent counties, which also experienced reduced employment rates suggesting greater job queuing. Immigration was positively associated with net migration in persistently high-poverty counties. Given the general absence of statistically significant adverse impacts on other labor market outcomes in these counties, it is possible that immigration helps to revitalize persistently high-poverty counties, although point estimates suggested out-migration may have been insufficient to equalize real wages.

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Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 90 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 1326-1333

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:90:y:2008:i:5:p:1326-1333
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