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The impact of migration on earnings inequality

Osborne Jackson

No 19-5, Working Papers from Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of migration on earnings inequality using 1940?2015 data from the U.S. census and American Community Survey. Despite measurement challenges, I successfully replicate existing findings regarding national trends in earnings inequality and migration, and subsequently analyze regional and state patterns. Using 1940 birthplace information to instrument for migration, I find that recent immigration mildly increases the top decile earnings share, while recent in-migration and out-migration have no significant effects on such inequality. I estimate that immigration contributed 5.8 percent to the observed rise in U.S. earnings inequality from 1950 to 2015, primarily through a non-migrant channel.

Keywords: earnings inequality; migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 D31 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 54 pages
Date: 2018-08-01, Revised 2018-08-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-int, nep-mig and nep-ure
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