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Did Immigrants In The U.S. Labor Market Make Conditions Worse For Native Workers During The Great Recession?

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Did the presence of immigrant workers in the United States labor market - including both documented and undocumented workers - significantly affect conditions for low-wage native workers during the Great Recession of 2008-09? Building from the methodology developed by Card (2005), the basic finding is straightforward: the presence of immigrants in the U.S. labor market did not contribute in any significant way to the severe labor market problems faced by native workers during the recession. The authors do emphasize that the conclusion remains provisional until a broader set of data are brought to bear in investigating the question.

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