TITLE

The Immigration Reform and Control Act and the Wages of Mexican Origin Workers: Evidence from Current Population Surveys

AUTHOR(S)
Sorensen, Elaine; Bean, Frank D.
PUB. DATE
March 1994
SOURCE
Social Science Quarterly (University of Texas Press);Mar94, Vol. 75 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines the effect of immigration on labor market during the 1980s, a period that included the, passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) in 1986. Using a series of Current Population Surveys from 1979 to 1989 containing requisite immigration data, researchers have reported the results of a set of analyses designed to detect changes in the wages of various immigrant and native-born groups after the passage of IRCA in 1986. The analyses examine these changes net of temporal trends in wages during the period. The wages of recent Mexican immigrants (those who entered the country within the past 5 years) do not change much through the entire period covered by the surveys, either before or after IRCA. The wages of Mexican immigrants who had been in the country more than 10 years declined by about 13 percent after IRCA was passed. Furthermore, the ranks of documented immigrants were undoubtedly swelled by the approximately 2.2 million Mexicans who applied for legalization under the legalization programs included in IRCA. These workers were concentrated in California and Texas, increasing competition for jobs in the post-IRCA period.
ACCESSION #
9406224600

 

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