Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147901
Authors: 
Liou, Wayne
Halliday, Timothy J.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10215
Abstract: 
In 2007, the State of Arizona passed the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) which required all employers to verify the legal status of all prospective employees. Replicating existing results from the literature, we show that LAWA displaced about 40,000 Mexican-born people from Arizona. About 25% of these displaced persons relocated to New Mexico indicating that LAWA had externalities on adjoining states. This finding underscores a pitfall of having decentralized immigration policy in a federal system.
Subjects: 
migration
JEL: 
J61
J68
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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