Immigrants Equilibrate Local Labor Markets: Evidence from the Great Recession Journal Article uri icon



  • This paper demonstrates that low-skilled Mexican-born immigrants' location choices respond strongly to changes in local labor demand, which helps equalize spatial differences in employment outcomes for low-skilled native workers. We leverage the substantial geographic variation in labor demand during the Great Recession to identify migration responses to local shocks and find that low-skilled Mexican-born immigrants respond much more strongly than low-skilled natives. Further, Mexican mobility reduced the incidence of local demand shocks on natives, such that those living in metro areas with a substantial Mexican-born population experienced a roughly 50 percent weaker relationship between local shocks and local employment probabilities. (JEL E32, J15, J23, J24, J61, R23)

publication date

  • January 1, 2016

Date in CU Experts

  • February 12, 2015 12:47 PM

Full Author List

  • Cadena BC; Kovak BK

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1945-7782

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-7790

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 257

end page

  • 290


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