Labor market interactions between legal and illegal immigrants

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The paper looks at the situation of legal immigrants who employ illegal immigrants for various services. This enables the legal immigrants to allocate more time to other work, thereby increasing their earnings. Illegal immigrants employed by legal immigrants may specialize in certain professions and may themselves employ other illegal immigrants. A subeconomy evolves whose sole purpose is the provision of services by illegal immigrants for legal immigrants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-43
Number of pages14
JournalReview of Development Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003


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