Vassar College, USA
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor and Chair of Economics, Vassar College, USA
labor economics, development economics
PhD Economics, University of Maryland, USA, 2007
"Gender imbalances and labor market outcomes: Evidence from large-scale Mexican migration.” IZA Journal of Development and Migration 12:2 (2021) (with E. Conover and M. Khamis).
"Knowledge obsolescence, human capital depreciation and women’s occupational sorting." The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 20:1 (2020) (with A. McFarland).
"The impact of education-occupation mismatches on wages in Mexico." Applied Economics Letters (2019) (with S. Rubb).
"Violence and migration: Evidence from Mexico's drug war." IZA Journal of Development and Migration 7:18 (2017) (with S. Basu).
"Officials versus thieves: Is public or private expropriation more harmful to small firms?" Journal of Development Studies 50:6 (2014): 773–788.
The impact of legalizing unauthorized immigrants Updated
While legalization benefits most unauthorized immigrants, deciding how to regularize them is challengingCynthia BansakSarah Pearlman, May 2021Countries have adopted a variety of legalization programs to address unauthorized immigration. Research in the US finds improved labor market outcomes for newly authorized immigrants. Findings are more mixed for European and Latin American countries where informal labor markets play a large role and programs are often small scale. Despite unclear labor market outcomes and mixed public support, legalization will likely continue to be widely used. Comprehensive legislation can address the complex nature of legalization on immigrants and on native-born residents.MoreLess