Quotation Arenas Arroyo, Esther, Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina, Wang, Chunbei. 2020. Is immigration enforcement shaping immigrant marriage patterns? Journal of Public Economics. 190 (10424)




This paper identifies intermarriage (between non-citizens and citizens) as an important response mechanism to intensified immigration enforcement, particularly among Mexican non-citizens. Exploiting the temporal and geographic variation in the implementation of interior immigration enforcement from 2005 to 2017, we find that a one standard deviation increase in enforcement raises Mexican non-citizens' likelihood of marrying a U.S. citizen by 3 to 7%. Both police-based and employment-based enforcement contribute to this impact. The analysis adds to a growing literature examining how immigrants respond to tightened enforcement and, importantly, sheds light on the recent growth of intermarriage among Mexican immigrants.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Public Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-A, VW-A, WH-A
Language English
Title Is immigration enforcement shaping immigrant marriage patterns?
Volume 190
Number 10424
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0047272720301067
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2020.104242
Open Access N
JEL J12,J15,K37


Arenas Arroyo, Esther (Details)
Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina (University California, Merced, United States/USA)
Wang, Chunbei (University of Oklahoma, United States/USA)
Department of Economics (Kartal) (Details)
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