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Restriction or Legalization? Measuring the Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

Dixon, Peter and Rimmer, Maureen T (2009) Restriction or Legalization? Measuring the Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform. Trade Policy Analysis, 40. pp. 1-24.

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By the latest estimates, 8.3 million workers in the United States are illegal immigrants. Proposed policy responses range from more restrictive border and workplace enforcement to legalization of workers who are already here and the admission of new workers through a temporary visa program. Policy choices made by Congress and the president could have a major economic impact on the welfare of U.S. households. This study uses the U.S. Applied General Equilibrium model that has been developed for the U.S. International Trade Commission and other U.S. government agencies to estimate the welfare impact of seven different scenarios, which include increased enforcement at the border and in the workplace, and several different legalization options, including a visa program that allows more low-skilled workers to enter the U.S. workforce legally.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: illegal immigrants, immigrant legalization, United States, economic impacts
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Business
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS)
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Depositing User: Ms Julie Gardner
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2014 23:54
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2015 23:54
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