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Immigration enforcement and economic resources of children with likely unauthorized parents

Amuedo-Dorantes, C; Arenas-Arroyo, E; Sevilla, A; (2018) Immigration enforcement and economic resources of children with likely unauthorized parents. Journal of Public Economics , 158 pp. 63-78. 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2017.12.004. Green open access

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Abstract

Over the past two decades immigration enforcement has grown exponentially in the United States. Using data from the 2005 through 2011 American Community Survey, we exploit the geographical and temporal variation in a novel index of the intensity of immigration enforcement to show how the average yearly increase in interior immigration enforcement over that period raised the likelihood of living in poverty of households with U.S. born children by 4%. The effect is robust to a number of identification tests accounting for the potential endogeneity of enforcement policies and residential location of immigrants, and is primarily driven by police-based immigration enforcement measures adopted at the local level, such as 287(g) agreements.

Type: Article
Title: Immigration enforcement and economic resources of children with likely unauthorized parents
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2017.12.004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2017.12.004
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Immigration enforcement, Poverty, U.S. born children, Unauthorized parents
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069387
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