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Trading BarriersImmigration and the Remaking of Globalization$
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Margaret E. Peters

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174488

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174488.001.0001

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Changing Industry Preferences in the United States

Changing Industry Preferences in the United States

(p.69) Chapter 4 Changing Industry Preferences in the United States
Trading Barriers

Margaret E. Peters

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines firms' willingness to support low-skill immigration by focusing on changing industry preferences in the United States. In particular, it considers preferences and lobbying on low-skill immigration by different sectors using data on which sectors testify before the US Congress on immigration and data on their lobbying behavior. The chapter first provides an overview of low-skill immigration policy in the United States before discussing the preferences of three different industries by looking at their trade associations: textile industry, steel industry, and agriculture. It analyzes how the willingness of these industries to lobby on low-skill immigration has changed with trade openness, international competition, firm mobility, productivity and technology adoption.

Keywords:   firms, low-skill immigration, industry preferences, lobbying, immigration policy, trade openness, international competition, firm mobility, productivity, technology

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