Muslims in US Earn Less, Post 9/11
Wages and weekly earnings of Arab and Muslim men living in the United States fell by 10 per cent following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a new study shows. In addition, the adverse affects of September 11 on wages were greater in areas that reported high rates of hate crime related to religious, ethnic or country of origin bias, according to an upcoming study scheduled to be published in the Spring 2007 edition of the Journal of Human Resources.
“I was surpr-ised,” said Robert Kaestner, study co-author and Professor of Economics at University of Illinois, Chicago. “We see an immediate and significant connection between personal prejudice and economic harm,” he added. The study measured changes in wages of first and second-generation immigrants from countries with pre-dominantly Arab or Muslim populations between September 1997 and September 2005 and compared them to changes in wages of first and second-generation immigrants with similar skills from other countries.