The impact of IRCA on the job opportunities and earnings of Mexican-American and Hispanic-American workers

A. Davila, Jose Pagan, M. V. Grau

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This article studies the earnings gap between Mexican, Hispanic and non-Hispanic white male workers resulting from changes in both the wage structure and immigration laws that occurred during the 1980s. Our results suggest that Mexican and Hispanic workers were adversely affected by these two changes. Using data from the 1980 and 1990 One Percent Public Use Microdata samples, we show that these 'at-risk' workers minimized the negative impact of the increases in the returns to skill by gaining in the non-Hispanic white residual wage distribution. We conclude that at-risk workers increased their work effort to lessen the effects of Act-induced employment losses. Using 1983-1992 data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and EEOC data for this period, we provide support for this contention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-95
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Migration Review
Volume32
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

Fingerprint

worker
wage
immigration law
act
Workers
Mexican Americans
Wages
1980s
Immigration
Micro Data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

Cite this

The impact of IRCA on the job opportunities and earnings of Mexican-American and Hispanic-American workers. / Davila, A.; Pagan, Jose; Grau, M. V.

In: International Migration Review, Vol. 32, No. 1, 1998, p. 79-95.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{8afa3aaba1f34bd38ce791348ef24671,
title = "The impact of IRCA on the job opportunities and earnings of Mexican-American and Hispanic-American workers",
abstract = "This article studies the earnings gap between Mexican, Hispanic and non-Hispanic white male workers resulting from changes in both the wage structure and immigration laws that occurred during the 1980s. Our results suggest that Mexican and Hispanic workers were adversely affected by these two changes. Using data from the 1980 and 1990 One Percent Public Use Microdata samples, we show that these 'at-risk' workers minimized the negative impact of the increases in the returns to skill by gaining in the non-Hispanic white residual wage distribution. We conclude that at-risk workers increased their work effort to lessen the effects of Act-induced employment losses. Using 1983-1992 data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and EEOC data for this period, we provide support for this contention.",
author = "A. Davila and Jose Pagan and Grau, {M. V.}",
year = "1998",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "32",
pages = "79--95",
journal = "International Migration Review",
issn = "0197-9183",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The impact of IRCA on the job opportunities and earnings of Mexican-American and Hispanic-American workers

AU - Davila, A.

AU - Pagan, Jose

AU - Grau, M. V.

PY - 1998

Y1 - 1998

N2 - This article studies the earnings gap between Mexican, Hispanic and non-Hispanic white male workers resulting from changes in both the wage structure and immigration laws that occurred during the 1980s. Our results suggest that Mexican and Hispanic workers were adversely affected by these two changes. Using data from the 1980 and 1990 One Percent Public Use Microdata samples, we show that these 'at-risk' workers minimized the negative impact of the increases in the returns to skill by gaining in the non-Hispanic white residual wage distribution. We conclude that at-risk workers increased their work effort to lessen the effects of Act-induced employment losses. Using 1983-1992 data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and EEOC data for this period, we provide support for this contention.

AB - This article studies the earnings gap between Mexican, Hispanic and non-Hispanic white male workers resulting from changes in both the wage structure and immigration laws that occurred during the 1980s. Our results suggest that Mexican and Hispanic workers were adversely affected by these two changes. Using data from the 1980 and 1990 One Percent Public Use Microdata samples, we show that these 'at-risk' workers minimized the negative impact of the increases in the returns to skill by gaining in the non-Hispanic white residual wage distribution. We conclude that at-risk workers increased their work effort to lessen the effects of Act-induced employment losses. Using 1983-1992 data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and EEOC data for this period, we provide support for this contention.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0031718080&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0031718080&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 12321473

AN - SCOPUS:0031718080

VL - 32

SP - 79

EP - 95

JO - International Migration Review

JF - International Migration Review

SN - 0197-9183

IS - 1

ER -