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Francesc Ortega

Professor of Economics, City University of New York

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Ortega's research focuses on the economics of migration and the economic effects of climate change for coastal cities. Overarching themes in Ortega's writings include analyses of the economic contribution of unauthorized workers and the gains from legalization.


"Rising Sea Levels and Sinking Property Values: The Effects of Hurricane Sandy on New York's Housing Market" (with Süleyman Taspinar). Journal of Urban Economics 106 (2018): 81-100.

Analyzes the effects of hurricane Sandy on the New York City housing market using a large parcel-level dataset. Provides robust evidence of a persistent negative impact on flood zone housing values.

"The Economic Contribution of Unauthorized Workers: An Industry Analysis" (with Ryan Edwards). Regional Science and Urban Economics 67 (2017): 119-134.

Estimates the economic contribution of unauthorized workers to the U.S. economy at approximately 3.1% of gross domestic product (GDP) annually. Finds that the legalization of unauthorized workers would increase their contribution to 4.8% of private-sector GDP.

"The Effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Educational Outcomes of Undocumented Students" (with Amy Hsin). Demography 55, no. 4 (2018): 1487-1506.

Shows that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) incentivized work over educational investments but that the effect of DACA on educational investments depends on how easily colleges accommodate working students. Shows that, at 4-year colleges, DACA induced undocumented students to drop out of school. Suggests that the precarious and temporary nature of DACA distorted educational investments.