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Immigration policy and fertility: Evidence from undocumented migrants in the U.S

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Esther Arenas-Arroyo
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Esther Arenas-Arroyo ()

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2021, vol. 189, issue C, 274-297

Abstract: Using the 2005–2014 waves of the American Community Survey –a period characterized by the rapid expansion of interior immigration enforcement initiatives across the United States, we evaluate the impact of a tougher policy environment on undocumented immigrants’ fertility. We find that a one standard deviation increases in enforcement lowers childbearing among likely undocumented women by 5%. The effect stems from police-based measures linked to increased deportations, which may raise uncertainty about the future of the family unit and its resources.

Keywords: Fertility; Immigration policy; Interior immigration enforcement; Undocumented immigrants; Unauthorized immigrants; United States (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J15 K37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2021.06.027

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