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Race, immigration, and the U.S. labor marke t: contrasting the outcomes of foreign born and native blacks, Volume 1
Author:de Walque, Damien; Country:United States; World;
Date Stored:2008/10/01Document Date:2008/10/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Race in Society; Labor Markets; Labor Policies; Population Policies; Educational Policy and Planning
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Education; Health and other social services
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Understanding Human Development -- -- P101260;Region:The World Region; Rest Of The World
Report Number:WPS4737Sub Sectors:Health; Other social services; General education sector
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4737Volume No:1

Summary: It is generally expected that immigrants do not fare as well as the native-born in the U.S. labor market. The literature also documents that Blacks experience lower labor market outcomes than Whites. This paper innovates by studying the interaction between race and immigration. The study compares the labor market outcomes of four racial groups in the United States (Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics) interacted with their foreign born status, using the Integrated Public Use Micro Data Series data for the 2000 Census. Among women and for labor market outcomes such as labor force participation, employment, and personal income, the foreign born are doing worse than the native born from the same racial background, with the exception of Blacks. Among men, for labor force participation and employment, foreign-born Blacks are doing better than native Blacks. The paper tests different possible explanations for this "reversal" of the advantage of natives over immigrants among Blacks. It considers citizenship, ability in English, age at and time since arrival in the United States, as well as neighborhood effects, but concludes that none of these channels explains or modifies the observed reversal.

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