The Park Place Economist


Grant Dodds '05


The past two decades have seen the debate over immigration policy revived by changes in three main indicators. First, the number of immigrants entering the US increased from (roughly) 3.3 million in the whole of the 1960’s to 1 million per year in the 1990’s. Second, those that arrived after 1970 came with considerably lower skills relative to comparable US natives than did previous cohorts of immigrants. Finally, the wage differential between recently arriving immigrants and US natives widened considerably from -16.6% in 1970 to -27.6% in 1980, and finally to -31.7% in 990 (Borjas 1994).