Do social ties help compensate for immigrants' labor market disadvantages? Using a pilot survey of Salvadorian and Filipino immigrants in Los Angeles, the authors investigate hypotheses about interrelations between social ties and wages. They examine social ties in families and households, as job contacts, and in workplaces. Among the findings, using OLS regression correcting for selection bias, are that men's wages are higher, but women's lower, when working with relatives; that in the secondary labor market segment, women's wages are higher, but men's lower, with relatives in the U.S.; and that returns to human capital are related to social ties.
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