and Watt argue that as more immigrant women serve in household
positions, more high-skilled native women are therefore available to
join the labor market, driving down relative wages among high-skilled
workers and reducing the disparity in wages between low- and
Here is the paper, and that is via Greg Mankiw. I’ll say it again: it is not frequently enough recognized that the gender of immigrants is a major policy issue. Female immigrants bring fewer problems than do male immigrants, and they encourage the male immigrants to behave better, but of course they also, in the longer run, mean a greater demographic shift in favor of the immigrants and their culture.