US immigration policies and dynamics of cross-border workforce in agriculture

Stephen Devadoss, Jeff Luckstead

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


Given the contentious debate on immigration, this study develops a dynamic model to analyse the effects of stricter border and domestic enforcement and streamlining the guest-worker programme on cross-border migration from Mexico, employment and production in US labour-intensive and Mexican agriculture and the US and Mexican wage rates. The model incorporates labour-leisure decisions of Mexican workers and labour market dynamics and linkages. The findings show stricter border and domestic controls exacerbate the labour-shortage problems and reduce the US agricultural production. Streamlining the guest-worker programme provides a steady supply of farm workers and has negligible impact on the US wage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2389-2413
Number of pages25
JournalWorld Economy
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • border and domestic surveillance
  • guest-worker programme
  • illegal migration
  • labour-intensive agriculture
  • legal and illegal wage rates


Dive into the research topics of 'US immigration policies and dynamics of cross-border workforce in agriculture'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this