Study: DACA Increased Educational Attainment

Elira Kuka, Na’ama Shenhav, and Kevin Shih

A new working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research argues that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program had a “significant impact” on the educational and life decisions of undocumented immigrant youth, resulting in a 45 percent decrease in teen birth rates, a 15 percent increase in high school graduation rates, and a 20 percent increase in college enrollment rates.

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