Economics Research Institute Study Paper
Utah State University Department of Economics
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Recent debates over the role of immigration and in the U.S. economy calls into question how well the role of immigrants in rural economies is understood. This paper presents quantitative and qualitative analysis of Washington farm labor market trends, with special focus on the role of migration, worker turnover, and upward pressure on wages. The analysis focuses on how individual producer characteristics, including commodity, region and production specialization, affect the demand for farm labor, and more importantly, demand for seasonal farm labor during peak periods. This, in tum, illustrates the dependency of various producers, regions and commodity groups on the migrant farm workers likely to be affected by future immigration policy and programs.
Thilmany, Dawn D., "Immigration Issues in Rural Washington" (1996). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 88.