Labor Market Impacts of Granting Access to Driving Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

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Early Career Research Award


Twelve U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, have recently enacted measures granting undocumented immigrants access to driving licenses. Using 2013 through 2017 data from the monthly Current Population Survey and its Outgoing Rotation Groups, and exploiting the state and temporal variation regarding the issuing of state driving licenses for undocumented immigrants, I will estimate its impact on the immigrant and native population’s employment outcomes. At a time when anti-immigrant sentiments are at all-time high, understanding how these policies impact targeted groups and similarly skilled native populations is crucial for maintaining an informed immigration policy debate.

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Arenas-Arroyo, Esther. 2020. "Labor Market Impacts of States Issuing of Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants." Labour Economics 63.