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