The Effect Of Immigration On Productivity: Evidence From U.S. States

  title={The Effect Of Immigration On Productivity: Evidence From U.S. States},
  author={Giovanni Peri},
  journal={Review of Economics and Statistics},
  • G. Peri
  • Published 1 November 2009
  • Economics
  • Review of Economics and Statistics
Abstract In this paper we analyze the long-run impact of immigration on employment, productivity, and its skill bias. We use the existence of immigrant communities across U.S. states before 1960 and the distance from the Mexican border as instruments for immigration flows. We find no evidence that immigrants crowded out employment. At the same time, we find that immigration had a strong, positive association with total factor productivity and a negative association with the high skill bias of… 

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