Labor Market Interactions between Legal and Illegal Immigrants

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Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

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Date Written: October 2000

Abstract

This paper looks at the situation of legal immigrants who employ illegal immigrants to provide them with various services. This enables the legal immigrants to allocate more time to other work, thereby increasing their earnings. Illegal immigrants employed by legal immigrants may specialize in certain professions and may themselves employ other illegal immigrants. An economy is evolving whose sole purpose is the provision of services by illegal immigrants for legal immigrants.

Keywords: Illegal migration, legal migration, guest workers

JEL Classification: F22, K42, P16

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Gil S., Labor Market Interactions between Legal and Illegal Immigrants (October 2000). IZA Discussion Paper No. 204. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=252009

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