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About Migration Dialogue

Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers.

Contact us at migrant@primal.ucdavis.edu.

Rural Migration News: Farm Wages and Food Costs: 2016

The US Bureau of Labor Statistic's Consumer Expenditure Survey (www.bls.gov/cex) reported there were 129.5 million US "consumer units" or households in 2016. They had an average of 2.5 persons, 1.3 earners and 1.9 motor vehicles; 62 percent were homeowners and the average age of the reference person in the household was 51. Average consumer unit income before taxes was $74,664, and average annual expenditures were $57,311.

These expenditures included $7,203 for food, almost 13 percent of total expenditures. Food spending was split 55-45 percent, including $4,049 or $78 a week for food eaten at home and $3,154 or $60 a week for food bought away from home. The cost of food away from home largely reflects convenience, service, atmosphere and other factors. Food costs are about 35 percent of spending on food in cafeteria-style restaurants, 30 percent in fast food and 25 percent in fine dining.

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  • Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News is produced with the support of the Colcom, Farm, and Giannini Foundations. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two-years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.

  • Farm Labor and Mexican Produce Exports

    The US imports half of its fresh fruit and a quarter of its fresh vegetables. Mexico is a major source of produce imports. This project, led by the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and supported by the Walmart Foundation, aims to understand production and marketing systems in order to identify the features of the farm labor market that can lead to better and worse conditions for workers employed on Mexican farms that export fresh fruits and vegetables to the US.

  • Migration News

    Migration News is produced with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and UCB Institute of European Studies. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.

  • Sloan West Coast Program On S&E Workers

    This network of researchers hosts seminars on labor and immigration issues affecting science and engineering workers, compiles and distributes information on these issues, and cooperates closely with the NBER's SEWP.

  • Changing Face & UFW Contracts

    The Changing Face project assesses the effects of immigrant farm workers on agriculture and agricultural communities.

  • Research & Seminars

    Include Opinion Leader Seminars, the Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, and Transatlantic Migration Policy Issue seminars.