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