Wisconsin May Need More Immigrants, Not Fewer

4/24/2018 - Professor of Economics Giovanni Peri in the Journal Sentinel.

Wisconsin faces a demographic time bomb as baby boomers flood into retirement in the coming years. While there may not be a labor shortage right now, business leaders and employers are concerned about what the future holds in a state with fewer people of prime working age and a relatively low birth rate. It's a challenge that may be compounded by the opening of the massive new Foxconn factory in Racine County.

Giovanni Peri, an economist at the University of California, Davis, argues that the impact [of immigration] on wages is near zero, and a 2016 study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found little effect on overall wages and employment prospects for native-born workers. The small effect the study did find was concentrated among prior immigrants or native-born workers who hadn’t graduated from high school.

Read the full story in the Journal Sentinel.

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