Journal Article

Impacts of Policy Reforms on the Supply of Mexican Labor to U.S. Farms: New Evidence from Mexico

Stephen R. Boucher, Aaron Smith, J. Edward Taylor and Antonio Yúnez-Naude

in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 29, issue 1, pages 4-16
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 2040-5790
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 2040-5804 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9353.2006.00327.x
Impacts of Policy Reforms on the Supply of Mexican Labor to U.S. Farms: New Evidence from Mexico

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The availability of immigrant farm-workers from Mexico is a critical factor affecting the U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable sector. This paper uses retrospective panel data from rural Mexico to examine the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Immigration Reform and Control Act on the supply of migrant labor to the United States. We find that, in contrast to expectations, both policies were associated with an increase in migration to U.S. farm jobs from rural Mexico.

Keywords: F150; J220; J430; J610; J680; O190; Q120

Journal Article.  5839 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Trade ; Economic Development ; Demand and Supply of Labour ; Particular Labour Markets ; Agricultural Economics ; Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies

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