This is a past event
The seminar will be held on campus in MacRobert room 268. and also via MS Teams on November 27th from 15:00-16:15.
Join Dr Cynthia Bansak, Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University. Professor Bansak’s research fields are labour economics, international immigration, remittances, educational attainment, and business cycle.
Abstract: “Since 2001, about half of U.S. states have extended in-state college tuition benefits to undocumented immigrants. Some states also offer financial aid, while others became more restrictive. Building on previous research, we now exploit these additional policies, control for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and estimate the impact of in-state tuition on college enrolment, college graduation, employment, and self-employment. In our pooled sample of likely undocumented Hispanic youth, we corroborate the most recent work by also finding no effect of in-state tuition policies alone on enrolment. However, unlike previous studies, we allow for heterogeneity by gender and marital status and we demonstrate that there are gendered impacts. While women do not respond to in-state tuition alone, in combination with access to financial aid, undocumented Hispanic married women, and both married and single Mexican women, are more likely to enrol. In contrast, men do enrol in college at higher rates regardless of financial aid opportunities. In-state tuition access results in higher graduation rates for women, driven by singles, but not for men. We also find single women are more likely to work and single men to be self-employed. Thus, the policy motivates single women to complete their degrees and work. If policymakers intend to have a broader impact and target a more inclusive group of undocumented, including men, they should consider enhancing their opportunities in formal labour markets after college graduation. In support of this argument, we document a higher likelihood of graduation and employment, along with lower likelihood of self-employment, among DACA-eligible youth who have legal access to formal employment.”
- Dr Cynthia Bansak
- Hosted by
- University of Aberdeen
- MacRobert Building
No booking required.