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Type Journal Article - Journal of the European Economic Association
Title Cross-country variation in the impact of international migration: Canada, Mexico, and the United States
Author(s)
Volume 5
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 663-708
URL http://www.hks.harvard.edu/fs/gborjas/publications/journal/JEEA2007.pdf
Abstract
Using data drawn from the Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. censuses, we find a numerically
comparable and statistically significant inverse relation between immigrant-induced shifts in
labor supply and wages in each of the three countries: A 10% labor supply shift is associated
with a 3%-4% opposite- signed change in wages. Despite the similarity in the wage response,
the impact of migration on the wage structure differs significantly across countries. International
migration narrowed wage inequality in Canada; increased it in the United States; and reduced
the relative wage of workers at the bottom of the skill distribution in Mexico. (JEL:J31,J61)

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