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The Lobby That Cried Wolf

dc.contributor.author Amgott, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-31T14:18:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-31T14:18:14Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-10
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/3176
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the effects of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) on the American agricultural industry. This industry prospered throughout the 20th century regardless of favorable immigration reform. IIRIRA contained a particularly strong combination of border security and workplace provisions which posed the most serious policy threat yet to the industry‘s immigrant labor supply. However, the history of American immigration policy suggests that the legislation would not be sufficiently implemented to achieve its intended effects. Interrupted time series analysis of farm worker employment data demonstrates a sharp increase in wage and hours per week growth after the implementation of IIRIRA. Mexican migrant data corroborates the hypothesized IIRIRA influence by demonstrating a shift out of agricultural occupations and away from traditional state destinations. Additional specifications do not support alternative explanations based on changes in minimum wage or welfare legislation. Thus, all evidence strongly suggests that IIRIRA is the first piece of American immigration legislation with adverse consequences for the U.S. agricultural industry.
dc.subject Agriculture
dc.subject immigration
dc.subject farm lobby
dc.subject migrant
dc.title The Lobby That Cried Wolf
dc.title.alternative Restrictive Immigration Reform Does Cost the American Agricultural Industry
dc.type Honors thesis
dc.department Public Policy Studies


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