Effects of the Great Recession on the U.S. Agricultural Labor Market
Jeffrey M. Perloff
Wages of documented (legal) seasonal agricultural workers increased more during the last three recessions than did the wages of undocumented agricultural workers and low-skilled nonagricultural workers. Bonus pay and weekly hours also increased for some workers, so that the financial wellbeing of employed agricultural workers increased during these recessions. These recessions not only raised farmers’ costs but increased their risk.
agricultural labor, immigration, demographics, labor-saving technology, government policies
Jeffrey M. Perloff. 2017. "Effects of the Great Recession on the U.S. Agricultural Labor Market." ARE Update 20(3): 9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.