Magnus Lofstrom
Research Fellow

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too h Lofstrom Magnus Lofstrom is a senior research research fellow at PPIC. He also holds appointments as research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Germany; research associate at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego; and is a member of the California State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors as well as the Editorial Board of Industrial Relations. His research focuses on immigration, entrepreneurship, public safety, and education, has been funded by the Russell Sage, Kauffman and Smith Richardson Foundations. In addition to numerous edited volumes, his work has been published in journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Human Resources, Demography, Journal of Population Economics, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics and Journal of Regional Science.

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IZA World of Labor article: Immigrants and entrepreneurship
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
9812  Magnus Lofstrom
Steven Raphael
Crime, the Criminal Justice System, and Socioeconomic Inequality
(published in: Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2016, 30 (2), 103 - 126)
9420  Sarah Bohn
Magnus Lofstrom
Steven Raphael
Do E-Verify Mandates Improve Labor Market Outcomes of Low-Skilled Native and Legal Immigrant Workers?
(published in: Southern Economic Journal, 2015, 81 (4), 960–979)
7838  Magnus Lofstrom
Steven Raphael
Incarceration and Crime: Evidence from California's Public Safety Realignment Reform
(published in: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2016, 664 (1), 196-220 )
7669  Robert W. Fairlie
Magnus Lofstrom
Immigration and Entrepreneurship
(published in: Barry Chiswick and Paul Miller (eds.), Handbook on the Economics of International Immigration, 1B, Elsevier, 2015)
6598  Sarah Bohn
Magnus Lofstrom
Employment Effects of State Legislation against the Hiring of Unauthorized Immigrant Workers
(published in: David Card and Steven Raphael (eds.) Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality, Russell Sage)
6259  Magnus Lofstrom
Joseph Hayes
H-1Bs: How Do They Stack Up to US Born Workers?
6103  Magnus Lofstrom
Timothy Bates
Simon C. Parker
Transitions to Entrepreneurship and Industry-Specific Barriers
(published as 'Why Are Some People More Likely to Become Small-Businesses Owners than Others: Entrepreneurship Entry and Industry-specific Barriers' in: Journal of Business Venturing, 2014, 29(2), 232–251)
5682  Sarah Bohn
Magnus Lofstrom
Steven Raphael
Did the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act Reduce the State's Unauthorized Immigrant Population?
(published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2014, 96(2), 258-269)
5212  Timothy Bates
Magnus Lofstrom
Lisa Servon
Why Have Lending Programs Targeting Disadvantaged Small-Business Borrowers Achieved So Little Success in the United States?
(published in: Economic Development Quarterly, 2011, 25 (3), 255 - 266)
4972  Magnus Lofstrom
Laura E. Hill
Joseph Hayes
Did Employer Sanctions Lose Their Bite? Labor Market Effects of Immigrant Legalization
(revised version published as 'Wage and Mobility Effects of Legalization: Evidence from the New Immigrant Survey' in: Journal of Regional Science, 2013, 53 (1), 171–197)
4560  Magnus Lofstrom
Low-Skilled Immigrant Entrepreneurship
(published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2011, 9 (1), 25-44)
4539  Magnus Lofstrom
Does Self-Employment Increase the Economic Well-Being of Low-Skilled Workers?
(published in: Small Business Economics, 2013, 40 (4), 933-952)
3997  Magnus Lofstrom
Timothy Bates
Latina Entrepreneurship
(published in: Small Business Economics, 2009, 33 (4), 427-439)
3297  John Tyler
Magnus Lofstrom
Is the GED an Effective Route to Postsecondary Education for School Dropouts?
(published in: Economics of Education Review, 2010, 29 (5), 813–825)
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Magnus Lofstrom
Why Are Hispanic and African-American Dropout Rates So High?
(published in: Williams Review, 2007, 2, 91-121)
3156  Magnus Lofstrom
Timothy Bates
African Americans' Pursuit of Self-Employment
(published in: Small Business Economics, 2013, 40 (1), 73-86)
2953  Magnus Lofstrom
John Tyler
Modeling the Signaling Value of the GED with an Application to an Exogenous Passing Standard Increase in Texas
(published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2008, 28, 305-352)
2422  Magnus Lofstrom
Chunbei Wang
Mexican-Hispanic Self-Employment Entry: The Role of Business Start-Up Constraints
(published in: Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2007, 613 (1), 32-46)
2266  Jörgen Hansen
Magnus Lofstrom
Xuelin Zhang
State Dependence in Canadian Welfare Participation
(published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2014, 39, 81-105)
2261  Jörgen Hansen
Magnus Lofstrom
Immigrant-Native Differences in Welfare Participation: The Role of Entry and Exit Rates
(published in: Industrial Relations, 2011, 50 (3), 412 - 442)
2101  Magnus Lofstrom
Chunbei Wang
Hispanic Self-Employment: A Dynamic Analysis of Business Ownership
(substantially revised version published as 'Mexican- American Self-Employment : A Dynamic Analysis of Business Ownership' in: Research in Labor Economics, 2009, 29, 197 - 227)
1306  Magnus Lofstrom
John Tyler
Measuring the Returns to the GED: Using an Exogenous Change in GED Passing Standards as a Natural Experiment
360  Jörgen Hansen
Magnus Lofstrom
The Dynamics of Immigrant Welfare and Labor Market Behavior
(published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2009, 22 (4), 941 - 970)
347  Magnus Lofstrom
Frank D. Bean
Labor Market Conditions and Post-Reform Declines in Welfare Receipt Among Immigrants
(published as 'Assessing Immigrant Policy Options: Labor Market Conditions and Postreform Declines in Immigrants' Receipt of Welfare' in: Demography, 2002, 39 (4), 617-637)
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Thomas K. Bauer
Magnus Lofstrom
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Immigration Policy, Assimilation of Immigrants and Natives' Sentiments towards Immigrants: Evidence from 12 OECD-Countries
(published in: Swedish Economic Policy Review, 2000, 7 (2), 11-53; see IZA Reprints 87/01)
175  Magnus Lofstrom
Self-Employment and Earnings among High-Skilled Immigrants in the United States
(published in: Cornelius, W. A. / Espenshade, T. J. (eds.), The International Migration of the Highly Skilled: Demand, Supply and Development Consequences, La Jolla, CA, 163-195)
160  Magnus Lofstrom
A Comparison of the Human Capital and Signaling Models: The Case of the Self-Employed and the Increase in the Schooling Premium in the 1980's
(published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2001, 20, 191-215)
100  Jörgen Hansen
Magnus Lofstrom
Immigrant Assimilation and Welfare Participation: Do Immigrants Assimilate Into or Out-of Welfare
(published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2003, 38 (1), 74-98)
54  Magnus Lofstrom
Labor Market Assimilation and the Self-Employment Decision of Immigrant Entrepreneurs
(published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2002, 15 (1), 83-114)