Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Letters San Diego State University Main Page


I am generally interested in how policy affects immigration as well as immigrant outcomes.  My current research examines the impact that state and local level immigration policy is having on the employment, education, fertility and human rights of undocumented immigrants.  Employment verification programs mandated at the state-level, omnibus immigration bills, such as SB1070 in Arizona or HB56 in Alabama, and collaborations between local/state police with the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) through 287(g) agreements and the Secure Communities program have had serious effects on all those outcomes.  Simultaneously, I continue to research how immigrants have been impacted by the passage of other policies, such as the Affordable Care Act, and recent events, like the Great Recession.  Please refer to my CV for further insights on my research.

See my CSMGEP Profile: A Huge Asset: A Labor Economist on the Contributions of Immigrants (August 2017)

La marcia messicana verso il sogno americano, Senza Filtro, 12 luglio 2017

The good and the bad in remittance flows, IZA World of Labor 2014: 97.

DACA immigration policy curbs poverty by one-third, but lowers school attendance, says studies, December 12, 2016, Article featuring work on CU Boulder Today.

On the piecemeal approach to immigration enforcement: Evidence from the United States, in Refugees and Economic Migrants: Facts, policies and challenges, Centre for Economic Policy Research eBook, October 31, 2016.

The Supreme Court’s inability to rule on the United States vs. Texas sends us back to square one on immigration policy, June 27, 2016, Blog post on USAPP

Tougher immigration measures increase fears of deportation, but do not change future migration plans, November 20, 2013, Blog post on USAPP

Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), Winter 2014, Newsletter

President Obama’s Executive Order granting temporary reprieve from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants will reopen the immigration debate, Blog post on London School of Economics

Increased immigration enforcement has a detrimental effect on the school performance of the children of unauthorized immigrants, Blog post on The London School of Economics