The Economic Contribution of Unauthorized Workers: An Industry Analysis

@article{Edwards2016TheEC,
  title={The Economic Contribution of Unauthorized Workers: An Industry Analysis},
  author={Ryan D. Edwards and Francesc Ortega},
  journal={Econometric Modeling: Macroeconomics eJournal},
  year={2016}
}
This paper provides a quantitative assessment of the economic contribution of unauthorized workers to the U.S. economy, and the potential gains from legalization. We employ a theoretical framework that allows for multiple industries and a heterogeneous workforce in terms of skills and productivity. Capital and labor are the inputs in production and the different types of labor are combined in a multi-nest CES framework that builds on Borjas (2003) and Ottaviano and Peri (2012). The model is… Expand
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