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The Immigrants' Odds of Slipping into Poverty: Double Jeopardy?

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  • Jongsung Kim

    () (Department of Economics, Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917, USA.)

  • Edinaldo Tebaldi

    () (Department of Economics, Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917, USA.)

Abstract

Using Current Population Survey data, this paper shows that between 1994 and 2008 the poverty rate of immigrants fell three times faster than that of natives. This suggests that during the last business cycle the rising tide lifted immigrants’ boat higher than that of the natives. The paper also shows that the odds of experiencing poverty for both natives and immigrants depend on individual characteristics and on business cycles in the US economy. The findings support the view that the benefits of a strong economy in the form of poverty rate fall applies to all racial/ethnic groups regardless of their nativity status.

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  • Jongsung Kim & Edinaldo Tebaldi, 2011. "The Immigrants' Odds of Slipping into Poverty: Double Jeopardy?," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 37(4), pages 530-552.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:easeco:v:37:y:2011:i:4:p:530-552
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