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Proposed Immigration Policy Reform & Farm Labor Market Outcomes


  • Walters, Lurleen M.
  • Emerson, Robert D.
  • Iwai, Nobuyuki


The issue of legalization for unauthorized farm workers is examined in this paper. The analytical framework uses a treatment effects approach which casts legalization as a treatment under the assumption of heterogeneity. The results show an overall positive impact of legalization on farm worker wage outcomes and with the expected positive sorting on the gains from legal status.

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  • Walters, Lurleen M. & Emerson, Robert D. & Iwai, Nobuyuki, 2008. "Proposed Immigration Policy Reform & Farm Labor Market Outcomes," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6285, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea08:6285

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    1. James Heckman & Justin L. Tobias & Edward Vytlacil, 2001. "Four Parameters of Interest in the Evaluation of Social Programs," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 68(2), pages 210-223, October.
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    7. Richard Blundell & Monica Costa Dias, 2009. "Alternative Approaches to Evaluation in Empirical Microeconomics," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 44(3).
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