Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Economics, Business, and Finance
Robert J. Lemke
Kent R. Grote
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.
Benzine, Alyxandra, "The Effects of Language and Geography on Immigrant Employment and Wages in the United States" (2020). Senior Theses.