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The Spillover of Mexican-Born Immigrants on Southwest States Due to The Legal Arizona Workers Act

by Lincoln, Christopher John

Abstract

At the start of 2008, in Arizona, undocumented workers were faced with a complicated decision of whether or not to emigrate out of the state or to stay and face harsher labor laws. The Legal Arizona Workers Act was put in effect on January 1, 2008. This law made it necessary for all employers to verify their worker’s authorization status using E-Verify. As a result, there was a significant amount of emigration out of Arizona by unauthorized workers. Similar to the self-selection process narrowed down by Chiquiar and Hanson (2002), the sets of decisions made by this leaver group can be made clearer by studying where they moved. Building on Liou and Halliday (2015), this paper continues to focus on populations of Mexican-born workers living in the southwest in order to model an estimated movement of the leaver group. Ultimately, the model estimates that Texas and New Mexico are the states most likely to have had spillovers. Colorado and Nevada were the least likely to see spillovers. These results are in line with what is known about the movements of undocumented workers in current research; that workers leaving Arizona as a result of LAWA were focused on a move towards the state with, the highest share of their occupation, coupled with the least risk, and the highest population of undocumented immigrants.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:27237
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
44 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Esther Redmount
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2017-05