DACA and its Economic Impacts on Undocumented Immigrants



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This study focuses on how the introduction of legalization impacted DACA eligible undocumented immigrants in comparison to the ineligible group. DACA is expected to increase wages and the propensity of the eligible immigrants to join the workforce but to also decrease school enrollment. A residual method is used to differentiate undocumented immigrants from legal immigrants. DACA eligible recipients are further identified by education, residency, and age requirements. I use OLS regression to analyze the change in labor market outcomes and use logistic regression to find the propensity of undocumented immigrants to be enrolled in school or to be in the labor force. I compare the results from 2011, before DACA was implemented, to results from 2016. I find that DACA eligibility improves wages and labor force participation for both men and women. School enrollment does drop, but there seems to be increased college enrollment, especially in states with in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.



immigration, DACA