On the Effectiveness of SB1070 in Arizona

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See all articles by Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

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

Fernando A. Lozano

Pomona College; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

We investigate the effectiveness of Arizona’s omnibus immigration law SB1070, which made it a misdemeanor crime for an alien to not carry proper documentation and asked police to determine the immigration status of any person suspected of being an illegal alien during a lawful stop. We find that SB1070’s enactment coincided with the stalling to slight recovery of the share of non-citizen Hispanics in Arizona 3 years after the enactment of an employment verification mandate to all employers. Yet, its effectiveness in reducing the share of likely unauthorized immigrants has been minimal and questions the merit of the law.

JEL Classification: J61, J1

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and Lozano, Fernando A., On the Effectiveness of SB1070 in Arizona (January 2015). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 335-351, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528848 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12138

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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Germany

Fernando A. Lozano

Pomona College ( email )

Claremont, CA 91711
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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

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