The Effect of Immigration on Productivity: Evidence from Us States

@article{Peri2012TheEO,
  title={The Effect of Immigration on Productivity: Evidence from Us States},
  author={Giovanni Peri},
  journal={The Review of Economics and Statistics},
  year={2012},
  volume={94},
  pages={348-358}
}
  • G. Peri
  • Published 30 January 2012
  • Economics
  • The Review of Economics and Statistics
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… 

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