Study Finds Immigrant Diversity Increases Wages, Abigail Cooke, UBNow

Study finds immigrant diversity increases wages.

In debates over immigration, economic anxieties loom large. One of the most common concerns is that an influx of workers born abroad will depress wages for native-born Americans.

But the opposite may be true, according to researchers Abigail Cooke, a UB assistant professor of geography, and Thomas Kemeny, a UB research assistant professor and a lecturer at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

“Our results point to a net positive impact of diversity on productivity. And these benefits are evenly spread — people throughout the labor market, from the lowest- to highest-paid, enjoy them.”

Published January 18, 2017


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