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

Edited by George J. Borjas and Lawrence F. Katz

in Mexican Immigration to the United States

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066325
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066684 | DOI:
The Evolution of the Mexican-Born Workforce in the United States

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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

Chapter.  17924 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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