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Economics, earnings functions, race, California, immigration, labor


Economics | Inequality and Stratification | Race and Ethnicity | Social and Behavioral Sciences


During the 1970's the number of Mexican-born residents in the United States increased from 4.5 million in 1970 to 8.7 million persons in 1979, or from 2.2 to 3.9 percent of the total population. Overall, fourteen percent of all immigration into the U.S. between 1960 and 1978 was from Mexico, and approximately fifty percent of all Mexican immigration in the 1970's was to the state of California. The city of Los Angeles alone received between 11 and 14 percent of all Mexican immigrants for each year throughout the 1970's. It is clear that Mexican immigrants are an increasingly significant population in Southern California. Concern is often expressed about their impact on labor markets and on social programs. Knowledge of the economic position of Mexican-born workers in the U.S. labor market is important in order to formulate appropriate policies.

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