February 28, 2007

NOW IF ONLY WE COULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE LAZY NATIVES...:

Immigrants boost pay, not prison populations, new studies show: Immigrants are less likely to go to prison than U.S.-born residents of the same ethnic group and they boost pay for natives, research says (Teresa Watanabe, February 28, 2007, LA Times)

Two new studies by California researchers counter negative perceptions that immigrants increase crime and job competition, showing that they are incarcerated at far lower rates than native-born citizens and actually help boost their wages.

A study released Tuesday by the Public Policy Institute of California found that immigrants who arrived in the state between 1990 and 2004 increased wages for native workers by an average 4%.

UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri, who conducted the study, said the benefits were shared by all native-born workers, from high school dropouts to college graduates, because immigrants generally perform complementary rather than competitive work.

As immigrants filled lower-skilled jobs, they pushed natives up the economic ladder into employment that required more English or know-how of the U.S. system, he said.

"The big message is that there is no big loss from immigration," Peri said. "There are gains, and these are enjoyed by a much bigger share of the population than is commonly believed."

Another study released Monday by the Washington-based Immigration Policy Center showed that immigrant men ages 18 to 39 had an incarceration rate five times lower than native-born citizens in every ethnic group examined.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2007 9:09 AM
Comments

Why do we nod approvingly at "studies" that agree with our point of view when we deride those that contradict it? Best bet is to ignore all studies and the articles about them that appear in the mass media.

Posted by: erp at February 28, 2007 9:55 AM

But what about the second generation?

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at February 28, 2007 11:47 AM

... showing that they are incarcerated at far lower rates ...
Down here in Phoenix, there are nightly stories about Hispanic criminals who, after committing a crime, are not to be found and are believed to have returned to Mexico, only to return to the U.S. at some later time.

Posted by: jd watson at February 28, 2007 1:46 PM

The point of studies is to be cherry picked.

Posted by: oj at February 28, 2007 5:04 PM
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