Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/145279
Authors: 
Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina
Antman, Francisca M.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10145
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.
Subjects: 
immigration
poverty
DACA
JEL: 
J15
I32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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