Widening Wage Gap Between Immigrant and U.S.-Born Workers

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A new report by economists John Schmitt and Jonathan Wadsworth finds that the earnings gap between immigrant and U.S.-born workers increased substantially between 1980 and 2000.

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"It's not the border that's broken but the U.S. labor market," said John Schmitt, economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. "There is a widening economic gap between immigrants and U.S.-born workers which reflects the broader deterioration in wage and working conditions for less-skilled and low-wage workers."

The report, "Changing Patterns in the Relative Economic Performance of Immigrants to Great Britain and the United States, 1980-2000," was written by John Schmitt, economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Jonathan Wadsworth, economist at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics.

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