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”

President Trump wants to deny entry to immigrants who cannot prove that they will obtain health insurance within their first 30 days in the US, citing concerns that immigrants are less likely to be insured and, consequently, increase costs for American citizens. At the same time, the administration is exploring policies likely to impede immigrants’ access to health insurance, such as mandating all employers use an electronic work eligibility verification system. In this paper, I show that state E-Verify mandates reduce the probability that likely-unauthorized immigrants have private health insurance by 2 percentage points. Meanwhile, naturalized citizens are shifted from public to private insurance, though only if they do not reside in a mixed-status household. However, imposing additional costs on unauthorized immigration may be seen as a feature and not a bug by those favoring more stringent immigration enforcement, regardless of who ultimately pays the bill.

“The Effect of State E-Verify Mandates on Crime” (with Andrew Dickinson, Joseph J. Sabia, and Taylor Mackay).

Work in Progress

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

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