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Do immigrant outflows lead to native inflows? An empirical analysis of the migratory responses to US state immigration legislation

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  • Michael Good

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I estimate the impact on internal migration for 52 different demographic groups of the recent influx of state omnibus immigration laws targeting undocumented immigrants in the United States. I find evidence that while the demographic groups pinpointed as having higher percentages of undocumented immigrants certainly experience population and employment 'outflows' from states implementing these immigration laws, there is a lack of associated 'inflows' for those demographic groups identified by economic theory as being probable substitutes for undocumented immigrants. Several segments designated as probable substitutes actually experience an adverse effect on population and employment. This finding provides rigorous empirical backing to existing anecdotal evidence of the same cross-state migratory phenomenon, resulting in clear policy implications in relation to the ongoing debate over immigration.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 45 (2013)
Issue (Month): 30 (October)
Pages: 4275-4297

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Cited by:
  1. Orrenius, Pia M. & Zavodny, Madeline, 2014. "How do e-verify mandates affect unauthorized immigrant workers?," Working Papers 1403, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  2. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Cynthia Bansak & Allan A. Zebedee, 2014. "On the Effectiveness of SB1070 in Arizona," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1424, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  3. Michael Good, 2012. "How Localized is the Pro-trade Effect of Immigration? Evidence from Mexico and the United States," Working Papers 1203, Florida International University, Department of Economics.

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