Labor Migrants

Migrants move internationally to find better economic conditions. The Center studies determinants of economic and social integration of working migrants, their impact on the local economy and how their rights as workers have shaped labor laws. We analyze migrants working in the agricultural sector, working refugees, and other type of working migrants. We also analyze how off-springs of initially disadvantaged immigrants in the past have fared economically over time.

October 29th, 2019

Recent Research by Santiago Perez on Economic Success of Second Generation Immigrants

In a new working paper, joint with Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan and Elisa Jacome, Center Affiliate Santiago Perez analyzes millions of father-son pairs spanning more than 100 years of U.S. history to show that children of poor immigrants from nearly every sending country have had greater success climbing the economic ladder than children of similarly poor fathers born in the United States. Moreover, the analysis documents that immigrants today are no slower to move into the middle class than immigrants from 100 years ago.

The paper received extensive media coverage, the links below provide some of that:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/upshot/immigration-america-rise-poor.html#click=https://t.co/vLThCC0Vzg

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7627231/The-American-Dream-alive-Kids-poor-immigrants-rise-no-matter-come-from.html

https://www.aei.org/economics/immigrants-still-successfully-pursue-the-american-dream/

https://sanluis.eluniversal.com.mx/mundo/28-10-2019/revelan-que-hijos-de-migrantes-progresan-mas-economicamente-que-los-de