How Much Does Amnesty Strengthen the Safety Net ? Evidence from the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

@inproceedings{Cascio2017HowMD,
  title={How Much Does Amnesty Strengthen the Safety Net ? Evidence from the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986},
  author={Elizabeth U. Cascio and Ethan G. Lewis},
  year={2017}
}
We explore how immigrant legal status affects safety net transfers using variation from the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), which authorized the largest U.S. amnesty to date. Exploiting the timing and geographic unevenness in intensity of IRCA’s legalization programs, we estimate a sizable effect of permanent residency on Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) transfers. By contrast, we find null but imprecise effects of legal status on food stamp transfers. Fiscal costs are… CONTINUE READING

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