Employment of Undocumented Immigrants and the Prospect of Legal Status: Evidence from an Amnesty Program 

  title={Employment of Undocumented Immigrants and the Prospect of Legal Status: Evidence from an Amnesty Program },
  author={C. Devillanova and F. Fasani and T. Frattini},
  journal={ILR Review},
  pages={853 - 881}
  • C. Devillanova, F. Fasani, T. Frattini
  • Published 2018
  • Political Science
  • ILR Review
  • This article estimates the causal effect of the prospect of legal status on the employment outcomes of undocumented immigrants. The identification strategy exploits a natural experiment provided by an Italian amnesty program that introduced an exogenous discontinuity in eligibility based on date of arrival. The authors find that immigrants who are potentially eligible for legal status under the amnesty program have a significantly higher probability of being employed relative to undocumented… CONTINUE READING
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