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

Esther Arenas Arroyo, Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

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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.
Seiten (von - bis)247 - 297
FachzeitschriftJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2021