"Illegal-worker discount" is very, very small
Posted Wed, Sep 9, 2006 at 9:48 am
Via this comes the Seattle Times article "Low-paid illegal work force has little impact on prices":
More than 7 million illegal immigrants work in the United States. They build houses, pick crops, slaughter cattle, stitch clothes, mow lawns, clean hotel rooms, cook restaurant meals and wash the dishes that come back.Facts and figures follow.
You might assume that the plentiful supply of low-wage illegal workers would translate into significantly lower prices for the goods and services they produce. In fact, their impact on consumer prices — call it the "illegal-worker discount" — is surprisingly small...