Can Authorization Reduce Poverty Among Undocumented Immigrants? Evidence from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

14 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2016

See all articles by Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

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

Francisca Antman

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Abstract

We explore the impact of authorization on the poverty exposure of households headed by undocumented immigrants. The identification strategy makes use of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provided a temporary work authorization and reprieve from deportation to eligible immigrants. Using a difference-in-differences approach, we compare DACA-eligible to DACA-ineligible likely unauthorized immigrants, before and after the program implementation. We find that DACA reduced the likelihood of life in poverty of households headed by eligible individuals by 38 percent, hinting at the gains from even temporary authorization programs.

Keywords: immigration, poverty, DACA

JEL Classification: J15, I32

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and Antman, Francisca, Can Authorization Reduce Poverty Among Undocumented Immigrants? Evidence from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10145. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2826979

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

Francisca Antman

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics ( email )

Campus Box 256
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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