The Changing Family Structure of American Children with Unauthorized Parents

49 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2018

See all articles by Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

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

Esther Arenas-Arroyo

University of Oxford

Date Written: November 2017

Abstract

Tougher immigration enforcement has been responsible for 1.8 million deportations between 2009 and 2013 alone, most of them involving fathers and heads of household. We exploit the geographic and temporal variation in intensified enforcement to gauge its impact on children’s propensity to live without their parents in households headed by relatives or friends, or in households singly headed by their mothers with absentee spouses. Given the emotional, cognitive and long run socioeconomic costs of being raised without parents or in a single-headed household, gaining a better understanding of the collateral damage of heightened enforcement on the families to which these children belong is well warranted.

Keywords: immigration enforcement, unauthorized immigration, family structure, United States

JEL Classification: J13, J15, K37

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and Arenas-Arroyo, Esther, The Changing Family Structure of American Children with Unauthorized Parents (November 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3139017 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3139017

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

5500 Campanile Drive
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Esther Arenas-Arroyo (Contact Author)

University of Oxford ( email )

58 Banbury Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6QS
United Kingdom

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