Start Date

10-5-2017 11:00 AM

End Date

10-5-2017 1:00 PM

Subjects

Mexicans -- United States -- Social conditions, Arizona -- Politics and government, Immigrants -- Legal status laws etc. -- Arizona

Description

Immigrants are an understated agent in local economies. Whilst legal immigrants may be accounted for in the macro realm, illegal immigrants are very much an externality. Immigrant agents participate heavily in local economies, almost exclusively, due to their status and the implicit risks associated with it. Immigrants’ decision to migrate towards better economies come with the goal of achieving prosperity that more than likely would not have been possible in their location of origin. A majority of immigrants are heads of households that migrate alone seeking greater wages to support their household. They do this through remittances. These are capital accumulation packages that are sent through institutions (formal or informal) to their households and communities. In the presence of anti-immigration rhetoric and laws of this nature being created, the immigrant agent will see a change in economic activity. With certainty being removed, behavior goes through unintended changes. Immigrants that are in a position of danger, and a necessity to remit to their household back in their community of origin, will do so. One way or the other. If institutional mistrust sets in, there are economic consequences from the lack of use of institutions, that will spillover in to the macro-environment.

Authors: Jose A. Rojas-Fallas, Jamein P. Cunningham

Presenter: Jose A. Rojas-Fallas

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/20062

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May 10th, 11:00 AM May 10th, 1:00 PM

Papers Please: Immigration, Enforcement, and Remittances

Immigrants are an understated agent in local economies. Whilst legal immigrants may be accounted for in the macro realm, illegal immigrants are very much an externality. Immigrant agents participate heavily in local economies, almost exclusively, due to their status and the implicit risks associated with it. Immigrants’ decision to migrate towards better economies come with the goal of achieving prosperity that more than likely would not have been possible in their location of origin. A majority of immigrants are heads of households that migrate alone seeking greater wages to support their household. They do this through remittances. These are capital accumulation packages that are sent through institutions (formal or informal) to their households and communities. In the presence of anti-immigration rhetoric and laws of this nature being created, the immigrant agent will see a change in economic activity. With certainty being removed, behavior goes through unintended changes. Immigrants that are in a position of danger, and a necessity to remit to their household back in their community of origin, will do so. One way or the other. If institutional mistrust sets in, there are economic consequences from the lack of use of institutions, that will spillover in to the macro-environment.

Authors: Jose A. Rojas-Fallas, Jamein P. Cunningham

Presenter: Jose A. Rojas-Fallas