Demography

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 849–863 | Cite as

Social networks and their impact on the earnings of Mexican Migrants

  • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes
  • Kusum Mundra
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Abstract

We examine the impact of different types of social networks on the wages earned by unauthorized and legal Mexican migrants during their last U.S. trip. Familial ties raise unauthorized and legal migrants’ hourly wages by an average of 2.6% and 8%, respectively, and friendship ties increase their wages by 5.4% and 3.6%, correspondingly. Furthermore, family ties seem to comparatively favor legal migrants in terms of earnings, raising their wages by approximately 0.9% more than for similar unauthorized migrants. These results underscore the potentially important role of social networks in raising Mexican migrants’ earnings, particularly among unauthorized migrants. By increasing the returns to migration, social networks may provide a stimulus to continued emigration.

Keywords

Social Network Household Head Hourly Wage Migration Experience Undocumented Immigrant 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes
    • 1
  • Kusum Mundra
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsSan Diego State UniversitySan Diego
  2. 2.KM Economic ConsultingLa Jolla

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