Do Immigrants Work in Worse Jobs than U.S. Natives? Evidence from California

18 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2015

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Madeline Zavodny

University of North Florida; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Agnes Scott College

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Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

In the debate over immigration reform, a common assertion is that immigrants take jobs that U.S. natives do not want. Using data from the 2000 Census merged with O*NET data on occupation characteristics, I show that the jobs held by immigrants are more physically arduous than the jobs held by U.S. natives. However, data from the California Work and Health Survey on self‐reported physical job demands indicate that immigrants do not perceive their jobs as requiring more physical effort than U.S. natives. Immigrants thus have worse jobs than natives but do not view them as such.

Suggested Citation

Zavodny, Madeline, Do Immigrants Work in Worse Jobs than U.S. Natives? Evidence from California (April 2015). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 54, Issue 2, pp. 276-293, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2578097 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12087

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