The Impact of Amnesty on Labor Market Outcomes: A Panel Study Using the Legalized Population Survey

29 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2011

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Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

San Diego State University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Cynthia Bansak

Saint Lawrence University - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

This article tests whether amnesty, a provision of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, affected the labor market outcomes of the legalized population. Using a quasi‐experimental framework, we find that employment fell, unemployment rose, and wage growth rates were higher for newly legalized men after the implementation of the amnesty program. For women, employment fell, transitions out of the workforce increased, and wages grew at a faster rate among the newly legalized population.

Keywords: F22, J15, J71

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and Bansak, Cynthia, The Impact of Amnesty on Labor Market Outcomes: A Panel Study Using the Legalized Population Survey (July 2011). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 50, Issue 3, pp. 443-471, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1874551 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2011.00642.x

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Cynthia Bansak

Saint Lawrence University - Department of Economics ( email )

One Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617
United States

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