Thursday, February 05, 2009

Card on Immigration and Inequality

I'm just after finishing reading David Card's recent paper on immigration and wage inequality in the US between 1980 and 2000.

Card uses time-series data from the 1980, 1990 and 2000 US censuses to measure the impact of immigration on the growing inequality between high and low skilled workers. The paper concludes that immigration accounts for only a small share of the increase in US wage inequalities during this period (5%).

It would be quite interesting to see how or even if Card's research could be extended to Ireland, in particular the conclusion that "workers with less than a high school education are perfect substitutes for those with a high school education."

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