The wage impact of undocumented workers
Myriam Quispe-Agnoli () and
Fernando Rios-Avila ()
No 2012-04, FRB Atlanta Working Paper from Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Using administrative, individual-level, longitudinal data from the state of Georgia, this paper finds that a documented worker employed by a firm that hires undocumented workers can expect to earn 0.15 percent less than if employed by a firm that does not hire undocumented workers. However, in sectors where there are opportunities for task specialization and benefits from communication skills, documented workers can expect to earn a wage premium of less than 1 percent from being employed at a firm that also hires undocumented workers.
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