By the Time I Get to Arizona: Estimating the Impact of the Legal Arizona Workers Act on Migrant Outflows
Co-authored with Timothy Halliday. Published in Economics Bulletin.
Abstract: In 2007, the State of Arizona passed the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA), which required all employers to verify the legal status of all prospective employees. Replicating existing results from the literature, we show that LAWA replaced about 40,000 Mexican-born people from Arizona. About 25% of these displaced persons relocated to New Mexico, indicating that LAWA had externalities on adjoining states.