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Madeline S Zavodny


Economics | Coggin College of Business

Areas of Expertise

Immigration, Labor Economics, Economic Demography, Applied Microeconomics


Ph.D. in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.A. in Economics, Claremont McKenna College


In addition to being a Professor of Economics at UNF, Madeline Zavodny is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), a Fellow at the Global Labor Organization, and an Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Much of her research focuses on economic issues related to immigration, including Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization (AEI Press, 2010) and The Economics of Immigration (Routledge, 2015). Her research on immigration has also been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and Demography, among others. Before joining UNF she was a professor of economics at Agnes Scott College and Occidental College and an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She holds a PhD in Economics from MIT and a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.


Co-managing editor, Journal of Population Economics, 2019-present; associate editor, 2016-2018

Senior associate editor, Southern Economic Journal, 2019-present; co-editor, 2016-2018; associate editor, 2012-2016

Editorial board, International Migration Review, 2015-present

Board member, American Economic Association's Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), and oversight editor of CSWEP News, 2011-2016

Grants and Contracts Awarded

"E-Verify and the States: Effects on Population, Labor Markets, and Housing Costs," Pew Charitable Trusts, 2015-2017

"Do State-Level School Nutrition Requirements Promote Healthy Eating and Weight?" NIH 5 R03 HD061509-02, 2010-2012, PI Solveig Argeseanu Cunningham

"Does Weight Affect Academic Achievement?" NICHD G11 HD054966-02, 2008-2009

"Do Immigrants Work in Riskier Jobs?" Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, Boalt Law School, University of California Berkeley, 2007

"Smoking Bans and Health: Effects of Exposure on the Job," CDC/NIOSH R03 OH008244-01, 2005-2007, Co-PI with Marianne Bitler

Publications & Presentations

Academic journal articles published in last few years:

“Help Wanted: Employer Demand for Less-Skilled Temporary Foreign Worker Visas in an Era of Declining Unauthorized Immigration,” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 6 (2020): 45-67, with Pia Orrenius

“Who Signs up for E-Verify? Insights from DHS Enrollment Records” International Migration Review 54 (2020): 1184-1211, with Pia Orrenius and Sarah Greer

“The Effect of Employer Enrollment in E-Verify on Low-Skilled U.S. Workers,” Applied Economics Letters (forthcoming), with Pia Orrenius

“Do Immigrants Threaten US Public Safety?” forthcoming at Journal on Migration and Human Security, 7 (2019): 52-61, with Pia Orrenius

“Employment among U.S. Hispanics: A Tale of Three Generations,” Journal of Economics, Race & Policy, 2 (2019): 3-19, with Pia Orrenius

"Do State Employment Eligibility Verification Laws Affect Job Turnover?" Contemporary Economic Policy 36 (2018): 394-409, with Pia Orrenius

"Creating Cohesive, Coherent Immigration Policy," Journal on Migration and Human Security 5 (2017): 180-193, with Pia Orrenius

"Do State Work Eligibility Verification Laws Reduce Unauthorized Immigration?" IZA Journal of Migration 5 (2016): 1-17, with Pia Orrenius

"Does Immigration Affect whether U.S. Natives Major in Science and Engineering?" Journal of Labor Economics 33 (July 2015): S79-S108, with Pia Orrenius

"The Impact of Temporary Protected Status on Immigrants' Labor Market Outcomes," American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 105 (May 2015): 576-580, with Pia Orrenius

"The Impact of E-Verify Mandates on Labor Market Outcomes," Southern Economic Journal 81 (April 2015): 947-959, with Pia Orrenius

"Do Immigrants Have Worse Jobs than U.S. Natives? Evidence from California," Industrial Relations 54 (April 2015): 276-293


Book chapters published in last few years:

"Medicaid," in Law and Economics of Federalism, ed. Jonathan Klick (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2017): 183-213, also NBER Working Paper No. 20169, with Marianne Bitler

"Less-Skilled Immigration: Economic Effects and Policy Responses," in The US Labor Market: Questions and Challenges for Public Policy, ed. Michael R. Strain (Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute Press, 2016): 166-178, with Pia Orrenius

"Internet and Gender," in Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, ed. Nancy Naples (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), with Hiroshi Ono

"An Economic Perspective on U.S. Immigration Policy vis-à-vis Mexico," in Mexican Migration to the United States: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Border, ed. Harriet D. Romo and Olivia Mogollon-Lopez (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2016): 37-53, with Pia Orrenius and Jason Saving

"Undocumented Immigration and Human Trafficking," in Handbook of the Economics of International Migration vol. 1A, ed. Barry R. Chiswick and Paul W. Miller (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2014): 659-716, with Pia Orrenius


Contact Information

Building 42, Room 3206

(904) 620-5224


Office Hours

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