Do immigrants have better labor market outcomes under Democratic governors? By exploiting variations associated with close elections in a regression discontinuity (RD) design applied on gubernatorial elections in 50 states over the last two decades, we find that immigrants are more likely to be employed, work longer hours and more weeks, and have higher earnings under Democratic governors. Results are robust to a number of different specifications, controls, and samples.

Earning gaps, Immigration, Labor market outcomes, Political parties, Regression discontinuity
Journal of Population Economics

Beland, L.-P., & Unel, B. (Bulent). (2018). The impact of party affiliation of US governors on immigrants’ labor market outcomes. Journal of Population Economics, 31(2), 627–670. doi:10.1007/s00148-017-0663-y