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Series # :
  ETAOP 2011-13
Title :
  Policy and Low-Wage Labor Supply: A Case Study of Policy and Farm Labor Markets in New York State
Release Date :
  May 9, 2011
Abstract :

Farm operators and industry groups often advocate for change in immigration policy to address farm labor shortages. Such calls for intervention raise questions about the range of policies that relate to labor supply and affect farm workers in local markets. This paper describes a case study of policies related to farm worker supply and how these play out in labor markets in New York, drawing from government and interest group records, statistics from NAWS, and qualitative interviews. Results illustrate the complexity of policies influencing labor supply and workforce organization and point to challenges inherent in maintaining workforces while attending to the quality of farm work.
Other reports developed for the 2009 ETA Research Papers Program include:

ETAOP 2011-08: Privatization and Employment in the Implementation of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): A Multi-Level Analysis

ETAOP 2011-09: Does Occupational Training by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Really Help Reemployment?: Success Measured as Matching

ETAOP 2011-10: Workforce Investment Act Training for Older Workers: Toward a Better Understanding of Older Worker Needs during the Economic Recovery

ETAOP 2011-11: Earnings Progression Among Workforce Development Participants: Evidence from Washington State

ETAOP 2011-12: Ensuring the Quality of Training Providers under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

ETAOP 2011-14: The Effect of Continuing Education Participation on Agricultural Worker Outcomes

Publication Author(s)
Rutgers University
/ Bloustein School for Planning and Policy
  • Elizabeth Nisbet
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