Mexican Laborers in the U.S. and Mexican Labor Market

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Director: David P. Lindstrom
Research Theme: Consequences of Migration in Sending and Receiving Areas
Location: United States of America

Labor-market migration can transform individuals as they develop new skills that may or may not be marketable at home. Lindstrom examines this issue in the context of temporary Mexican immigrants to the U.S. Consistent with the literature on investment migration there is evidence that migrants return with financial capital that can be translated into self-employment; however, it appears that the Mexican labor market does not reward U.S. labor-market experience. Individuals who migrate temporarily experience a break from the Mexican labor market, which on average appears to result in downward occupational mobility.