The E ff ect of Immigration on Productivity : Evidence from US States

  title={The E ff ect of Immigration on Productivity : Evidence from US States},
  author={Giovanni Peri},
Using the large variation in the inflow of immigrants across US states we analyze the impact of immigration on state employment, average hours worked, physical capital accumulation and, most importantly, total factor productivity and its skill bias. We use the location of a state relative to the Mexican border and to the main ports of entry, as well as the existence of communities of immigrants before 1960, as instruments. We find no evidence that immigrants crowded-out employment and hours… CONTINUE READING


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