Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51612
Authors: 
Orrenius, Pia M.
Zavodny, Madeline
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5354
Abstract: 
Immigrants have figured prominently in U.S. economic growth for decades, but the recent recession hit them hard. Immigrants' labor market outcomes began deteriorating even before the recession was officially underway, largely as a result of the housing bust. An analysis of employment and unemployment rates over the past 15 years shows that immigrants' labor market outcomes are more cyclical than those of natives. The greater cyclicality of immigrants' employment and unemployment is concentrated among less-educated immigrants, but college-educated immigrants nonetheless have more cyclically-sensitive employment outcomes than college-educated natives.
Subjects: 
business cycle
recession
employment
immigrants
JEL: 
J21
J61
J64
E32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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