Data and Code for The Labor Market Impact of Immigration: Job Creation vs. Job Competition

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data, program source code
  • Albert, Christoph (CEMFI)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
wage gap; migrant workers; hiring
  • Abstract

    This paper studies the labor market effects of both documented and undocumented immigration in a search model featuring non-random hiring. As immigrants accept lower wages, they are preferably chosen by firms and therefore have higher job finding rates than natives, consistent with evidence found in US data. Immigration leads to the creation of additional jobs but also raises competition for natives. Which effect dominates depends on the fall in wage costs, which is larger for undocumented than for legal immigration. The model predicts a dominating job creation effect for the former, reducing natives' unemployment rate, but not for the latter.
  • Weighting

    Personal probability weights provided by IPUMS are used.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1994-01-01 / 2015-12-31
    Time Period: Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1994--Thu Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2015
  • 1980-01-01 / 2010-12-31
    Time Period: Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1980--Fri Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2010
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Prime-age (25-65) high-school dropouts that are non-institutionalized and live in households in urban areas (MSAs) in the United States.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
  • Is version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E112301
  • Albert, Christoph. “The Labor Market Impact of Immigration: Job Creation vs. Job Competition.” American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, n.d.

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