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Mexican Immigration to the United States$
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George J. Borjas

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226066325

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226066684.001.0001

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The Evolution of the Mexican-Born Workforce in the United States

The Evolution of the Mexican-Born Workforce in the United States

Chapter:
(p.13) 1 The Evolution of the Mexican-Born Workforce in the United States
Source:
Mexican Immigration to the United States
Author(s):
George J. Borjas, Lawrence F. Katz
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226066684.003.0002

This chapter uses the available microdata from the U.S. decennial Census to provide a sweeping account of the evolution of the Mexican-born workforce in the United States throughout the entire twentieth century. In particular, it describes the evolution of the relative skills and economic performance of Mexican immigrants and contrasts this evolution to that experienced by other immigrant groups arriving in the United States during the period. It also examines the costs and benefits of this influx. Specifically, it shows how the Mexican influx has altered economic opportunities in the most affected labor markets and discusses how the relative prices of goods and services produced by Mexican immigrants may have changed over time.

Keywords:   Mexican immigrants, labor work, skilled labor, economic performance, immigration, labor markets

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