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Labor Market Competition And Individual Preferences Over Immigration Policy

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  • Kenneth F. Scheve
  • Matthew J. Slaughter

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This paper uses three years of individual-level data to analyze the determinants of individual preferences over immigration policy in the United States. We have two main empirical results. First, less-skilled workers are significantly more likely to prefer limiting immigrant inflows into the United States. Our finding suggests that, over the time horizons that are relevant to individuals when evaluating immigration policy, individuals think that the U.S. economy absorbs immigrant inflows at least partly by changing wages. Second, we find no evidence that the relationship between skills and immigration opinions is stronger in high-immigration communities. © 2000 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Kenneth F. Scheve & Matthew J. Slaughter, 2001. "Labor Market Competition And Individual Preferences Over Immigration Policy," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 83(1), pages 133-145, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:83:y:2001:i:1:p:133-145
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