Mar 22, 2019 Labor Supply and a Temporary Reprieve from Deportation: Evidence from the DACA Program

Interdisciplinary Research Seminars
When Mar 22, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Carolina Square Room 2002
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On Friday, March 22, Joaquin Alfredo-Angel Rubalcaba, PhD, will present Labor Supply and a Temporary Reprieve from Deportation: Evidence from the DACA Program as part of the Carolina Population Center 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar series.

Rubalcaba is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill. His areas of interests broadly include health and labor economics. Specifically, he has explored the health and labor market outcomes among underrepresented and disadvantaged communities, while developing new empirical techniques to investigate the economic mechanisms and public policies driving these outcomes.

Rubalcaba is hosted by Carolina Population Center Fellow Sudhanshu (Ashu) Handa. Handa is the Lawrence I. Gilbert Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Friday, Mar 22
Carolina Square Room 2002
123 West Franklin Street
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Approximately 800,000 unauthorized immigrants have participated in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, receiving deportation deferment and work eligibility. This paper investigates the impact of the DACA program on the labor supply of unauthorized immigrant youth, with a focus on the gender disparities in the labor market. We leverage an imputed immigration status as a mechanism for identification in a triple-differences model. Our results reveal DACA increased labor force participation by 3 to 4 percentage points among immigrant youth, which is primarily attributable to women with previous employment experience. The change in labor force participation among DACA eligible women is estimated to be approximately 3 percentage points greater than the estimated change in labor force participation among DACA eligible men, or approximately 27,000 women. The results presented throughout the analysis suggests DACA played a role in contracting the glaring gender disparity, measured in terms of labor force participation, among the unauthorized immigrant population. This study provides a unique insight into the relationship between immigration policy and labor supply behavior at the intersection of immigration status and gender.

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This seminar is part of the Carolina Population Center's Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series.

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