Irca's Impact on the Occupational Concentration and Mobility of Newly-Legalized Mexican Men

33 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2000

See all articles by Sherrie A. Kossoudji

Sherrie A. Kossoudji

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: January 1999

Abstract

We examine the occupational concentration and mobility of a group of unauthorized Mexican men who received amnesty under IRCA to shed light on the role of legal status in the assimilation process. Initially these men are concentrated in a small number of traditional migrant jobs. Although their occupational mobility rate is high, it partly represents churning through these same occupations. When we consider the direction--either upward or downward--of occupational change, we find that English language ability and the characteristics of the occupation, itself, are strongly correlated with mobility before legalization. After legalization, few characteristics surpass in importance the common experience of having received amnesty.

JEL Classification: J61, J62, J24

Suggested Citation

Kossoudji, Sherrie A. and Cobb-Clark, Deborah A., Irca's Impact on the Occupational Concentration and Mobility of Newly-Legalized Mexican Men (January 1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=166541 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.166541

Sherrie A. Kossoudji

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics ( email )

611 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark (Contact Author)

School of Economics, University of Sydney ( email )

606 Social Sciences Bldg. (A02)
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
61435061387 (Phone)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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