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Migrant Farm Workers on Virginia's Eastern Shore: An Analysis of Economic Impacts


  • Sills, Erin O.
  • Alwang, Jeffrey
  • Driscoll, Paul


The economic impact of migrant farmworkers on an agriculture-dependent region is investigated. The direct effects of inflows of state and federal dollars for migrant services, and production of high-valued commodities are computed. Indirect and induced effects are modelled through the use of the IMPLAN input output model. Various alternatives to migrant labor are investigated, including production of less labor-intensive crops, acreage retirement, and contract H2A workers. Migrants are found to create substantial economic activity on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
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  • Sills, Erin O. & Alwang, Jeffrey & Driscoll, Paul, 1994. "Migrant Farm Workers on Virginia's Eastern Shore: An Analysis of Economic Impacts," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 26(01), pages 209-223, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jagaec:v:26:y:1994:i:01:p:209-223_01

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    1. Devadoss, Stephen & Luckstead, Jeff, 2008. "Contributions of Immigrant Farmworkers to California Vegetable Production," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0(Number 3), pages 1-16, December.

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