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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 3 (May 2013)

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Achieving the DREAM: The Effect of IRCA on Immigrant Youth Postsecondary Educational Access

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Cortes, Kalena E. 2013. "Achieving the DREAM: The Effect of IRCA on Immigrant Youth Postsecondary Educational Access." American Economic Review, 103(3): 428-32.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.428

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This paper contributes to the existing literature on the effect of legal status on educational access among immigrant youth in the United States. The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 granted amnesty to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before 1982. Using a difference-in-differences framework, I analyze the effect of this large amnesty program on immigrant youth's postsecondary educational access. My main finding shows that immigrant youths who were granted amnesty under IRCA are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education.

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Cortes, Kalena E. (TX A&M U and IZA, Bonn)

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H52: National Government Expenditures and Education
H75: State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
I21: Analysis of Education
I28: Education: Government Policy
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J15: Economics of Minorities, Races, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination


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