Immigration and the Economic Status of African-American Men
Article first published online: 20 MAY 2009
© The London School of Economics and Political Science 2009
Volume 77, Issue 306, pages 255–282, April 2010
How to Cite
Borjas, G. J., Grogger, J. and Hanson, G. H. (2010), Immigration and the Economic Status of African-American Men. Economica, 77: 255–282. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2009.00803.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 20 MAY 2009
- Final version received 1 February 2009.
The employment rate of black men, and particularly of low-skilled black men, fell precipitously between 1960 and 2000. At the same time, their incarceration rate rose. This paper examines the relation between immigration and these trends in employment and incarceration. Using data from the 1960–2000 US censuses, we find that a 10% immigration-induced increase in the supply of workers in a particular skill group reduced the black wage of that group by 2.5%, lowered the employment rate by 5.9 percentage points, and increased the incarceration rate by 1.3 percentage points.