Does Immigration Improve Quality of Care in Nursing Homes?

41 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2020

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Delia Furtado

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Francesc Ortega

City University of New York, CUNY Queens College - Department of Economics ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

The growing healthcare needs of baby boomers require significant increases in the number or productivity of healthcare workers. This paper explores how immigrants may fill these gaps in nursing homes. First, we show that immigrant inflows are associated with reduced wages of lower skilled nurses along with increases in their employment. We then show that more immigrant labor leads to fewer falls among residents and improvements in other measures of quality of care. We also find that only in competitive nursing home markets is there a link between immigrant inflows and the quality of care provided in nursing homes.

Keywords: immigration, nursing homes, monopoly power

JEL Classification: J61, J14, I11, L13

Suggested Citation

Furtado, Delia and Ortega, Francesc, Does Immigration Improve Quality of Care in Nursing Homes?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13552, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3665112 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3665112

Delia Furtado (Contact Author)

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Francesc Ortega

City University of New York, CUNY Queens College - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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