publication . Other literature type . Article . 2016

The Effects of DACAmentation: The Impact of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Unauthorized Immigrants*

Nolan G. Pope;
  • Published: 01 Nov 2016
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
As the largest immigration policy in 25 years, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) made deportation relief and work authorization available to 1.7 million unauthorized immigrants. This paper looks at how DACA affects DACA-eligible immigrants' labor market outcomes. I use a difference-in-differences design for unauthorized immigrants near the criteria cutoffs for DACA eligibility. I find DACA increases the likelihood of working by increasing labor force participation and decreasing the unemployment rate for DACA-eligible immigrants. I also find DACA increases the income of unauthorized immigrants in the bottom of the income distribution. I find little e...
free text keywords: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Unauthorized Immigrants, Labour economics, Unemployment, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Income distribution, Immigration policy, Immigration, Deportation, Deferred action, Economics
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