Chapter 15

Immigration and the Distribution of Incomes

Francine D. Blau*; Lawrence M. Kahn**,    * Cornell University, NBER, IZA, CESifo, and DIW; 268 Ives Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA** Cornell University, IZA, CESifo, and NCER (Australia); 258 Ives Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA To whom correspondence should be addressed.


We review research on the impact of immigration on income distribution, surveying studies from a variety of countries. Immigration may affect the skill composition of a country's residents and also, by changing relative factor supplies, its relative factor prices. As background, we provide evidence on immigration to the OECD countries and compare the distribution of native and immigrant educational attainment; we ...

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