UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

ARE at AAEA: Zach Rutledge: Immigration and Economic Performance Across the Fifty United States from 1980–2015

July 31, 2018

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7
Location: Exhibit Hall B South


This study analyzes the effect of immigration on economic performance in the United States using state-level macroeconomic outcome variables such as GDP growth, per-capita income growth, and the native employment-to-population ratio. Our identification strategy uses the popular shift-share instrument which generates variation in measures of regional immigration by using the past settlement of immigrants from each region and adjusting them by subsequent national immigration rates. Our results indicate that immigration has led to slower economic growth over the short run, but these negative effects dissipate over the long run.

*This is information about one of the 17 people from ARE with a presentation at the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting Aug. 5–7 in Washington, D.C.


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