Immigration policy and fertility: Evidence from undocumented migrants in the U.S
Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Esther Arenas-Arroyo ()
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2021, vol. 189, issue C, 274-297
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)
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