Research question: Did NAFTA induce migration from Mexico to the U.S.?
Implemented in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement has had a substantial effect on the economies of the U.S. and Mexico. In the years following its implementation, Mexican immigration into the U.S. increased substantially to over 800,000 migrants per year. Surprisingly, researchers have spent little time exploring whether the timing of these two events are causally related. Given the current U.S. administration's desire to renegotiate NAFTA, this project has important ramifications for current U.S. policy as well as trade agreements more generally. For this project I will estimate the effect of NAFTA on emigration from Mexico using state level data.
(1) Enthusiasm about academic economic research
(2) Ability to read Spanish is preferred (some of my data is in Spanish, for example)
(3) Familiarity with Excel, statistical programming, and econometrics is preferred
(4) Available to regularly work ~3 hours per week
If interested, or if you have any questions, please contact Brett at email@example.com, graduate student in the Department of Economics.