In the Age of Automation, Immigrants Help American Workers

10/18/2017 - Professor of Economics Giovanni Peri at MarketWatch.

Many middle-class American workers may have immigrants to thank for their jobs.

The immigration of low-skilled workers mitigates the harmful effects automation can have on American workers, according to a new working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Consequently, the paper’s authors — researchers from the Bank of Italy, the United States Naval Academy and the University of California, Davis — argue that those seeking to limit immigration could hurt workers born in the U.S. and, by proxy, the American middle class.

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