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dc.contributor.authorBohn, Sarahen_US
dc.contributor.authorLofstrom, Magnusen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-19en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-14T11:06:29Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-14T11:06:29Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-201305294519-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/62465-
dc.description.abstractWe analyze the impact of the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) on employment outcomes of low-skilled Arizona workers, with a focus on the states' unauthorized population. The intent of LAWA was to limit unauthorized workers' economic opportunities as a way to deter further illegal immigration and as such is likely to increase poverty among an already marginalized population. Specifically, we assess whether the legislation reduced the formal employment opportunities of the targeted population. We also look for evidence of an unintended consequence of the policy: whether LAWA pushed workers into informal employment, and if so what are the likely consequences for these workers and their families. Using the synthetic control method developed by Abadie, Diamond and Hainmueller (2010), we find no statistically significant pre-post LAWA differences in wage and salary employment rate for the vast majority of workers in Arizona. Only among the workers most likely to be unauthorized - non-citizen Hispanic men with at most a high school education - do we observe a statistically significant relative decline in the probability of wage and salary employment. We also identify a substantial and statistically significant relative increase in the rate of self-employment among the same group of likely unauthorized workers, and not among other groups. Our data suggests that this shift is likely associated with an increase in poverty among unauthorized immigrants.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6598en_US
dc.subject.jelJ8en_US
dc.subject.jelJ11en_US
dc.subject.jelJ15en_US
dc.subject.jelJ18en_US
dc.subject.jelJ48en_US
dc.subject.jelJ61en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordillegalen_US
dc.subject.keywordunauthorizeden_US
dc.subject.keywordundocumenteden_US
dc.subject.keywordimmigrationen_US
dc.subject.keywordHispanicen_US
dc.subject.keywordArizonaen_US
dc.subject.stwEinwanderungsrechten_US
dc.subject.stwWirkungsanalyseen_US
dc.subject.stwMigrantenen_US
dc.subject.stwBeschäftigungseffekten_US
dc.subject.stwSchwarzarbeiten_US
dc.subject.stwArmuten_US
dc.subject.stwArizonaen_US
dc.titleEmployment effects of state legislation against the hiring of unauthorized immigrant workersen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn717893693en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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