A century of data shows that Donald Trump is wrong about the jobs impact of immigration

8/15/2016 - Professor of Economics Giovanni Peri at Quartz.

If US presidential candidate Donald Trump wants an immigration system that works for Americans, he might want to consider one with far fewer restrictions than he’s proposing.

Immigrants don’t cause high unemployment. In fact, a century of data suggests Trump has both his chronology and his causation reversed—it shows that a thriving US job market causes immigration to rise.

In a 2012 study (pdf), economic professors Gianmarco Ottaviano of the London School of Economics and Giovanni Peri of the University of California, Davis, found that immigration in the US between 1990 and 2006 improved the salaries of native-born workers on average by 0.6%. 

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