Illegal Migration and Consumption Behavior of Immigrant Households

@article{Dustmann2016IllegalMA,
  title={Illegal Migration and Consumption Behavior of Immigrant Households},
  author={Christian Dustmann and Francesco Fasani and Biagio Speciale},
  journal={Labor: Public Policy \& Regulation eJournal},
  year={2016}
}
We analyze the effect of immigrants' legal status on their consumption behavior using unique survey data that samples both documented and undocumented immigrants. To address the problem of sorting into legal status, we propose two alternative identification strategies as exogenous source of variation for current legal status: First, transitory income shocks in the home country, measured as rainfall shocks at the time of emigration. Second, amnesty quotas that grant legal residence status to… 

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