Quotation Arenas Arroyo, Esther, Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina, Schmidpeter, Bernhard. 2021. Immigration Enforcement and the Hiring of Low-Skilled Labor. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. 111




We examine how firms adjust their labor demand to immigration policy changes resulting from intensified interior immigration enforcement. Using the temporal and geographic variation in the adoption of such policies as a source of identification, we find that firms boost their demand for low-skilled foreign-born labor under the H-2B visa program as enforcement intensifies. Furthermore, firms' increased demand for guest workers is inversely related to natives' employment in occupations where most H-2B workers are hired; however, it does not seem to alter natives' wages or work hours, nor does it seem to redistribute native labor away from those occupations.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-B
Language English
Title Immigration Enforcement and the Hiring of Low-Skilled Labor
Volume 111
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/pandp.20211115&ArticleSearch%5Bwithin%5D%5Barticletitle%5D=1&ArticleSearch%5Bwithin%5D%5Barticleabstract%5D=1&ArticleSearch%5Bwithin%5D%5Bauthorlast%5D=1&ArticleSearch%5Bq%5D=arenas&JelClass%5Bvalue%5D=0
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/pandp.20211115
Open Access N


Arenas Arroyo, Esther (Details)
Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina (University California, Merced, United States/USA)
Schmidpeter, Bernhard (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)
Department of Economics (Kartal) (Details)
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