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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Roberto Pedace

Reader 2

Thomas Kim

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This thesis seeks to expand on existing research on wage implications brought on by immigration into the United States, looking particularly at Korean immigration and its effects on wages of native-born workers across the United States. Although other studies have investigated labor market and wage impacts as a result of immigration, there has been limited research on Korean-born immigrants’ direct impacts on native workers and the overall economy. This paper use IPUMS USA as the primary dataset to evaluate specific characteristics of individuals across the country, including the annual income wages for individuals of each working group. After investigating wage trends of different states and counties with varying populations of Korean immigrants, we find statistically significant but marginal wage effects on the annual incomes of native-born workers. We focus on particular regions within the U.S. with differing populations and concentrations of Korean immigrant workers and find a very small correlation that ultimately suggests little to no wage impact as a result of Korean immigrants.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.