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Immigration and Labor Policy: Effects on U.S. Workers

Four AAEA member to present research at the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting

Does immigration lead to the decline in earnings for native workers?

At the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting, four researchers will drill down on the effects on dairy farms, direct impacts on native workers, implications for farm health, and determinants of agricultural Wages.

The authors of the paper, “The Short-run Impacts of Immigration on Native Workers: A Sectoral Approach,” Pierre Mérel and Zachariah Rutledge from the University of California, Davis, say “There is a longstanding debate, including among academics, on the question of whether immigration actually hurts American workers. Our estimates of the impacts of immigration on earnings lie at the more negative end of the range of available estimates: in the sectors most prone to immigration (not considering agriculture), immigration is not favorable to native workers, at least not in the short run.”

The Session “U.S. labor policy, and impact on migration and rural labor markets” will take place on Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am. If you are interested in attending the session or others at the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA please contact Allison Scheetz in the AAEA Business Office. You can also learn more on our Annual Meeting Media Kit page.

About 1,400 participants are expected to attend the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting, which will take place on July 21-23 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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