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Reconsidering the Effects of Immigration on the U.S. Labor Market

In this podcast, Giovanni Peri of UC–Davis talks about the need for nuance when considering the effects of immigration on the domestic labor market. While many fear that immigrants will drive down wages or increase native-born unemployment, Peri says there is more to the picture, including geographic concentration and wide variation in skill levels among immigrants. Ultimately, Peri says that to really evaluate the impact of immigration, it’s important to understand the margins of adjustment that happen within a local economy. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.


Employment, Immigration, Inequality & Mobility, Labor Market, Low-Wage Work, Racial/Ethnic Inequality