Brown, J. David Hotchkiss, Julie L. Quispe-Agnoli, Myriam
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Working Paper, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 2012-2a
Using administrative data from the state of Georgia, this paper finds that, on average, across all firms, employing undocumented workers reduces a firm’s hazard of exit by 19 percent. The advantage to firms from employing undocumented workers increases as more firms in the industry do so, decreases with the skill level of the firm’s workers, increases with the breadth of a firm’s market, and increases with the labor intensity of the firm’s production process.