The Effect of Naturalization on Wage Growth: A Panel Study of Young Male Immigrants

  title={The Effect of Naturalization on Wage Growth: A Panel Study of Young Male Immigrants},
  author={Bernt Bratsberg and James F. Ragan, Jr. and Zafar Moeen Nasir},
  journal={Journal of Labor Economics},
  pages={568 - 597}
For young male immigrants, naturalization facilitates assimilation into the U.S. labor market. Following naturalization, immigrants gain access to public‐sector, white‐collar, and union jobs, and wage growth accelerates—consistent with removal of employment barriers. The faster wage growth of immigrants who naturalize might alternatively result from greater human capital investment prior to naturalization, stemming from a long‐term commitment to U.S. labor markets, but there is no evidence that… 

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