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Undocumented Immigration and Unemployment of U.S. Youth and Minority Workers: Econometric Evidence

C R Winegarden and Lay Boon Khor

The Review of Economics and Statistics, 1991, vol. 73, issue 1, 105-12

Abstract: The authors use Census-based data on the state distribution of the undocumented-alien population in analyzing the relationship between that population and unemployment among youth and minority workers. Regression results from their two-equation models do not support commonly expressed fears that undocumented immigration has caused any substantial increases in joblessness among these presumably vulnerable groups, although small amounts of displacement are indicated. A sizable reverse effect is evident: undocumented immigrants tend to concentrate in states where labor markets for these marginal groups are most favorable. Copyright 1991 by MIT Press.

Date: 1991
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