IRLE Publications

A Path to Prosperity: The Macroeconomic Benefits of Four Immigrant Regularization Scenarios

Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, Sherman Robinson, Ph.D., Marcelo Pleitez, Kassandra Hernández, Rodrigo Domínguez-Villegas, Abel Valenzuela Jr.

March 23, 2021

Civil Rights, Labor Law, The Future of Work, Working Class History, Brief

The estimates of the economic gains of an inclusive immigration reform we present here are conservative and focus on the regularization of immigrant workers who currently reside in the United States; however, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 and other legislative proposals would also provide a path for increased legal immigration, which would also improve economic efficiency and result in higher GDP growth, tax revenues, job creation, and international remittances. Therefore, a more complete estimate of the economic impact of the U.S. Citizenship Act would account for increased legal immigration. This increased immigration could produce additional GDP gains of $957 billion over 10 years (assuming the arrival of 700,000 authorized immigrants per year). Remittances to Mexico and Central America are estimated to produce a total flow of $1.2 trillion, resulting in increased U.S. exports to the region as well as increased savings which can be used to address root causes of outmigration as called for in the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. However, we do not address remittances or projected flows of new migration in this brief.

Organizing Informal Workers to Win: Lessons from Informal Domestic and Construction Workers in Six Countries


March 22, 2021

Global Research, Publications, Report

This report examines the state informal workers organizing in the domestic and construction sectors in China, India, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. The study found that regardless of the sector or nation, by banding together, informal workers have been successful in expanding their rights and building power.

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Hollywood Diversity Report Part 2

Dr. Darnell Hunt and Dr. Ana-Christina Ramón

October 22, 2020

Publications, Report

The report tracked film and television diversity data since 2014, making the study the most comprehensive record of the industry’s progress on diversity hiring.

Beyond Occupational Hazards: Abuse of Day Laborers and Health

Alein Y. Haro, Randall Kuhn, Michael A. Rodriguez, Nik Theodore, Edwin Melendez, Abel Valenzuela Jr.

September 21, 2020

Labor Law, Labor and Occupational Safety, Publications,

Health disadvantages stem from unsafe occupational conditions and an overlapping array of adverse social experiences. These findings highlight the need to develop and evaluate policies that protect all workers regardless of socioeconomic position and immigration status.

This brief summarizes, contextualizes, and addresses the policy implications of research reported in “Employer Aversion to Criminal Records: An Experimental Study of Mechanisms,” by N. F. Sugie, N. D. Zatz, and D. Augustine, Criminology, 58(1).

This paper addresses how interest associations have responded to the entry of digital-platform corporations into taxi and limousine markets; whether and why interest associations have regarded the market-disrupting strategies of these corporations as a unifying threat or as an opportunity to pursue and enforce their particularistic interests; and what role existing associational fields play in shaping interest associations’ responses.

Global Retail Landscapes

Chris Tilly, Francoise Carré

May 17, 2020

Global Research, Publications, Working Class History, Research Project

This research project, led by IRLE director Chris Tilly, looks at variations and change in retail job quality in the US in the context of global comparisons with Mexico and several European countries, including Denmark, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Examined through the lens of both the Declaration of Human Rights and the U.S. Constitution, this study encourages discussion surrounding ensuring quality education and teacher labor protections as human rights in the hopes of bringing justice and change to classrooms.

From Coors to California: David Sickler and the New Working Class

Kent Wong, Julie Monroe, Peter B. Olney, and Jaime A. Regalado

February 28, 2019

Immigration, Publications, Working Class History, Book/Edited Volume

This book captures some of Sickler’s historic campaign victories, from his leadership of the national Coors Boycott to unprecedented organizing drives with immigrant workers, often in direct challenge to the leadership of US labor.

Drawing on the case of restaurant workers in Los Angeles, this study analyzes tip work, the bundle of social relations and labor experiences framed by tips in commercial settings.