Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 627–670 | Cite as

The impact of party affiliation of US governors on immigrants’ labor market outcomes

  • Louis-Philippe BelandEmail author
  • Bulent Unel
Original Paper


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 

JEL Classification

J15 J21 J31 D72 



We thank the editor Klaus F. Zimmermann and three anonymous referees for their valuable comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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