Class Year

2020

Date

4-16-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

Yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Economics, Business, and Finance

First Advisor

Robert J. Lemke

Second Advisor

Kent R. Grote

Third Advisor

Dimitra Papadovasilaki

Fourth Advisor

Gizella Meneses

Abstract

Immigration is almost always a topic debated when the economy is discussed. While some believe immigrants help the economy, others argue that they take jobs away from U.S. citizens. This thesis uses a sample size of over 1,800,000 people from the 2017 American Community Survey to analyze the effects of immigrant wages and employment in the United States using independent variables such as citizenship status, English-language ability, place of birth, and immigration year. The results indicate that American-born citizens are more likely to be employed but earn less than naturalized citizens and noncitizens. They also show that the longer an immigrant is in the U.S., the more money they earn. Similarly, English proficiency plays a large role, as those with higher English skills are more likely to be employed and earn more.

Language

English


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