Undocumented Workers’ Employment Across US Business Cycles

Undocumented Workers’ Employment Across US Business Cycles

Title : Undocumented Workers’ Employment Across US Business Cycles
Number : 13/19
Author(s) : David Brown, Şerife Genç, Julie Hothckiss, Myriam Quispe-Agnoli
Language : Turkish
Date : March 2013
Abstract : Using matched employer-employee data from the state of Georgia, this paper investigates how employment of undocumented workers varies along the business cycle and how it differs from the adjustment in employment of documented workers. The cyclical component of undocumented employment is found to be significantly more volatile than the cyclical component of documented employment. Simulation results indicate that complementarities between documented workers and capital account for almost 90 percent of the difference in measured volatility between documented and undocumented employment.
Keywords : Business cycles; Illegal immigration; Undocumented workers
JEL Codes : J; J61

 

Undocumented Workers’ Employment Across US Business Cycles
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