Imported Inequality? Immigration and Income Inequality in the American States

  title={Imported Inequality? Immigration and Income Inequality in the American States},
  author={P. Xu and James C. Garand and L. Zhu},
  journal={State Politics & Policy Quarterly},
  pages={147 - 171}
  • P. Xu, James C. Garand, L. Zhu
  • Published 2016
  • Economics
  • State Politics & Policy Quarterly
  • In this article, we use data from the American states from 1996 to 2008 to explore the effects of immigration on income inequality. Empirical evidence from both static and dynamic models shows that the foreign-born population has a strong positive effect on state-level income inequality, even when we control for a range of federal and state political and economic contextual variables. We also find that the positive relationship between immigration and state income inequality is driven primarily… CONTINUE READING

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