Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/91808
Authors: 
Holzer, Harry J.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Policy Paper 22
Abstract: 
This paper reviews the evidence on the effects of less-skilled immigration to the U.S., and their implications for immigration reform. It begins with a review of the costs of less-skilled immigration, in terms of competition to native-born American workers; and the benefits of such immigration in the form of lower consumer prices, higher employer profits, and greater efficiency for the U.S. economy. Effects of different legal categories of immigrants and of immigrant integration over time are considered. The paper then reviews various reform proposals and other ideas that might raise the net benefits associated with less-skilled immigration to the U.S.
Subjects: 
immigration
employment
less-educated workers
JEL: 
J1
J15
J18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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