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Title: Spatial Job Search and Job Competition Among Immigrant and Native Groups in Los Angeles

Author(s): Stoll, Michael, Edwin Melendez, and Abel Valenzuela Jr

Published: 2002 by Regional Studies 36(2):97-112

Online Access: http://www.informaworld.com/index/JUNVYNFXGLKVL6L7.pdf

Abstract: This paper examines the effect of immigrant job searchers on the employment and wages of native and immigrant groups in Los Angeles. Using data from the 1994 Los Angeles Survey of Urban Inequality (LASUI), we use variation in the spatial job search patterns of immigrant groups to estimate the effect of immigrant job searchers on natives' labour market outcomes. First, the results indicate that the spatial job search patterns of native and immigrant groups are positively correlated, although the spatial job search patterns of immigrant groups are more strongly correlated than those between immigrant and native groups. Second, our results show a negative influence of immigrants on the employment of more skilled native whites and on the employment and wages of less-skilled native blacks in blue-collar occupations. We also find both positive and negative immigrant effects on the employment and wages of immigrant groups.

Category: Transportation, Employment, and Poverty      Transportation and Social Policy      Travel Demographics     

See other articles by the author(s): Abel Valenzuela, Jr. Michael Stoll Edwin Melendez

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