Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101921
Authors: 
Zavodny, Madeline
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8327
Abstract: 
In the debate over immigration reform, it is frequently asserted that immigrants take jobs that U.S. natives do not want. Using data from the 2000 Census merged with O*NET data on occupation characteristics, I show that the jobs held by immigrants are more physically arduous than the jobs held by U.S. natives. However, data from the California Work and Health Survey on self-reported physical job demands indicate that immigrants do not perceive their jobs as requiring more physical effort than U.S. natives. Immigrants thus have worse jobs than natives but do not view them as such.
Subjects: 
immigrants
working conditions
compensating differentials
JEL: 
J81
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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