Research

Publications

“Do Minimum Wages Help or Hurt Low-Skilled Immigrants?” (with Joseph J. Sabia) Industrial Relations 58(2): 275-314.

Working Papers

“E-Verify Mandates and Immigrant Health Insurance” Revision Requested at Health Economics.

Non-citizen immigrants are less likely than natives to have health insurance, especially if they are unauthorized. Due to eligibility restrictions for public programs, these individuals rely on the labor market for access to private insurance. Recently, the Trump administration has called for a nationwide E-Verify mandate as part of a broader effort to reshape US immigration policy. By cutting off unauthorized immigrants’ access to the formal labor market, this policy has the potential to exacerbate their low rate of insurance coverage. Using both the American Community Survey and Current Population Survey, this paper finds that state-level E-Verify mandates reduce the probability that a likely-unauthorized immigrant has health insurance by approximately 5 percentage points. This decline is driven by worsened labor market prospects and, consequently, a loss of private health insurance. There is also evidence that E-Verify mandates chill Medicaid take-up among certain those likely to qualify for public insurance, including native children with likely-unauthorized mothers.

Work in Progress

“Driver’s Licenses for Unauthorized Immigrants and Auto Insurance” (with Taylor Mackay and Bing Yang Tan).

“E-Verify Requirements and Crime Among Hispanic Men” (with Andrew Dickinson, Joseph J. Sabia, and Taylor Mackay).

“Media Exposure, Body Perception, and Weight Loss Behavior: Evidence from National Beauty Pageants” (with Christopher S. Carpenter).