Department of Economics
Much of the recent concern about undocumented immigration into the U.S. can be linked to the perceived burden that these immigrants may create on the public education system. But is this really the case? Through analyzing detailed information on the performance of students in North Carolina,Timothy M. Diette and Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere find that the presence of students with limited English does have a negative, though small, effect on the math and reading achievement of natives that are male and black. They argue, however, that these effects are so small as not to warrant policy interventions.
Diette, Timothy M. and Oyelere, Ruth Uwaifo, "Evidence from North Carolina Shows that Immigrant Students with Limited English Have a Very Minor Impact on Native Students’ Performance" (2014). Morehouse Faculty Publications. 15.
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