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What drives the legalization of immigrants?: evidence from IRCA

Casarico, Alessandra; Facchini, Giovanni; Frattini, Tommaso

Authors

Alessandra Casarico alessandra.casarico@unibocconi.it

Tommaso Frattini tommaso.frattini@unimi.it



Abstract

We develop a model to understand the trade–offs faced by an elected representative in supporting an amnesty when a restrictive immigration policy is in place. We show that an amnesty is more desirable the more restricted are the occupational opportunities of undocumented immigrants and the smaller is the fiscal leakage to undocumented immigrants via the welfare state. Empirical evidence based on the voting behavior of U.S. Congressmen on the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 provides strong support for the predictions of our theoretical model.

Citation

Casarico, A., Facchini, G., & Frattini, T. (2018). What drives the legalization of immigrants?: evidence from IRCA. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 70, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2018.01.009

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 29, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 15, 2018
Publication Date May 30, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 29, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 16, 2019
Journal Regional Science and Urban Economics
Print ISSN 0166-0462
Electronic ISSN 0166-0462
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 70
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2018.01.009
Keywords Migration policy; Amnesties; Roll call votes
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50796
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166046217302132
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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