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Wage Effects on Immigrants from an Increase in the Minimum Wage Rate: An Analysis by Immigrant Industry Concentration

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  • Cortes, Kalena E.

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Using the monthly samples of the Current Population Survey (CPS) outgoing rotation group files, this paper analyzes the most recent increase in the U.S. minimum wage rate. This study focuses on immigrant and native-born workers who are employed in industries with low and high immigrant concentrations, and investigates whether there is any relationship between industry non-compliance and the concentration of immigrant workers. This study finds that resultant wage increases were equal for both immigrants and natives. Also, the analysis shows no existing evidence of non-compliance towards immigrant workers; but rather that female immigrants in immigrant-intensive industries (the worst off in the sample) are the workers with the highest compliance towards them.

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  • Cortes, Kalena E., 2004. "Wage Effects on Immigrants from an Increase in the Minimum Wage Rate: An Analysis by Immigrant Industry Concentration," IZA Discussion Papers 1064, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Corrado Giulietti, 2015. "Do minimum wages induce immigration?," IZA World of Labor, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), pages 151-151, May.
    2. Pia M. Orrenius & Madeline Zavodny, 2008. "The Effect of Minimum Wages on Immigrants' Employment and Earnings," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 61(4), pages 544-563, July.
    3. Dinkelman, Taryn & Ranchhod, Vimal, 2012. "Evidence on the impact of minimum wage laws in an informal sector: Domestic workers in South Africa," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 27-45.
    4. Eckstein, Zvi & Ge, Suqin & Petrongolo, Barbara, 2006. "Job and wage mobility in a search model with non-compliance (exemptions) with the minimum wage," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 4961, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    5. Madeline Zavodny, 2014. "Who benefits from the minimum wage--natives or migrants?," IZA World of Labor, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), pages 1-98, December.

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    Keywords

    minimum wage; immigrant workers; immigrant-intensive industries; minimum wage compliance;

    JEL classification:

    • J00 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - General
    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
    • J82 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Labor Force Composition
    • J83 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Workers' Rights

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