“Immigration and the Pursuit of Amenities” with David Albouy and Heepyung Cho, Submitted
Immigrants to the United States live disproportionately in metropolitan areas where nominal wages are high, but real wages are low. This sorting relationship is justified in a spatial equilibrium model, as immigrants may have strong preferences for certain quality-of-life amenities. Relative to U.S.-born inter-state migrants, immigrants sacrifice greater consumption to locate in larger, coastal cities, and sort towards cities that are sunnier, hillier, more regulated, and less educated. Immigrants come more from coastal, cloudy and safer countries – conditional on income and distance – and choose cities that resemble their origin in terms of winter temperature, safety, and coastal proximity
“Racial Wage Gap and Immigration”, sole-authored
This paper provides estimates the impact of immigration on wages of of black and white native men in the US. Labor force participation rates vary dramatically across races. I show that since standard mean regression allows to include observations with positive wages only, it provides a misleading picture of the actual racial differences in earnings. Using quantile regression, I demonstrate that immigration contributes to an increase in racial wage inequality: the impact on median wages of white men is moderately positive, while the impact on wages of black men is negative and larger in magnitude.
Work in Progress:
“Abandoned Wells and Housing Market in Pennsylvania”, sole-authored
Working paper coming soon!