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Monday, 24th January 2011

Immigration Policy and Less-Skilled Workers in the United States Reflections on Future Directions for Reform

Immigration Policy and Less-Skilled Workers in the United States Reflections on Future Directions for Reform

Source:  Urban Institute

This paper reviews the evidence on the effects of less-skilled immigration to the U.S., and considers the implications of this evidence for immigration reform ideas. It begins with a review of the costs of less-skilled immigration, in terms of competition to native-born American workers and fiscal costs; as well as the benefits of such immigration in the form of lower prices to consumers, higher profits for employers, and greater efficiency for the U.S. economy. The paper then reviews various reform ideas that have been proposed in Congress in recent years, and also considers a range of other ideas, that would likely raise the net benefits associated with less-skilled immigration to the U.S.

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