Economics

An Immigrant Won't Steal Your Raise

Newcomers don't hurt American wages.

Doing no harm.

Photographer: Alan Oxley/Getty Images

Immigration is one of the most contentious topics in American politics. It’s also a case study in how empirical economics is coming to dominate public policy debates. Instead of theories about how immigration should affect labor markets, people are turning to the evidence. And the most powerful evidence we have comes in the form of quasi-experimental studies. 

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