How highly-educated immigrants are boosting US wages

Immigrants to the US who specialise in science, technology, education and mathematics degrees have generated large wage and productivity effects, raising important implications for policy makers.

VoxEU.org

Immigration to the US has risen tremendously in recent decades. Though media attention and popular discourse often focus on illegal immigrants or the high foreign-born presence among less-educated workers, the data shows that immigrants are drawn from both ends of the education spectrum. At the low end, immigrants grew from 5 per cent of workers with a high school degree or less in 1970 to 20.8 per cent in 2010. At the high end, the figure rose from 7.3 per cent to 18.2 per cent for those with graduate degrees over the same period.

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