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South-South migration and the labor market: evidence from South Africa (2018)
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Biavaschi, C., Facchini, G., Mayda, A. M., & Mendola, M. (2018). South-South migration and the labor market: evidence from South Africa. Journal of Economic Geography, 18(4), doi:10.1093/jeg/lby010

Using census data for 1996, 2001 and 2007 we study the labor market effect of immigration to South Africa. We exploit the variation – both at the district and at the national level –in the share of foreign–born male workers across schooling and exper... Read More

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

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 opportun... Read More

Illegal immigration and media exposure: evidence on individual attitudes (2017)
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Facchini, G., Mayda, A. M., & Puglisi, R. (2017). Illegal immigration and media exposure: evidence on individual attitudes. IZA Journal of Migration, 7(14), doi:10.1186/s40176-017-0095-1. ISSN 2193-9039

Illegal immigration has been the focus of much debate in receiving countries, but little is known about the drivers of individual attitudes towards illegal immigrants. To study this question, we use the CCES survey, which was carried out in 2006 in t... Read More

A model of firm heterogeneity in factor intensities and international trade (2015)
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Emami Namini, J., Facchini, G., & Lopez, R. (2015). A model of firm heterogeneity in factor intensities and international trade. Canadian Journal of Economics / Revue Canadienne d'Économique, 48(4), doi:10.1111/caje.12150. ISSN 0008-4085

Empirical evidence suggests that exporters – besides being more productive – are significantly more skilled labor intensive than non–exporters. In a setting which captures both these features, we show that the firm selection induced by trade liberali... Read More

Lobbying expenditures on migration: a descriptive analysis (2015)
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Facchini, G., Mayda, A. M., & Mishra, P. (2015). Lobbying expenditures on migration: a descriptive analysis. CESifo Economic Studies, 61(3-4), doi:10.1093/cesifo/ifv003. ISSN 1610-241X

In this paper we carry out a descriptive analysis of lobbying expenditures on migration in the US between 1998 and 2005. While PAC contributions and lobbying are in general positively correlated, our results suggest that this is not the case when it... Read More

The political economy of migration enforcement: domestic versus border control (2015)
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Facchini, G., & Testa, C. (2015). The political economy of migration enforcement: domestic versus border control. CESifo Economic Studies, 61(3-4), doi:10.1093/cesifo/ifv005. ISSN 1610-241X

We study migration policy enforcement by an elected government. The policy-maker faces uncertainty on the supply of migrants, but has more information than the public on its preferences and the extent and effectiveness of its enforcement activities.... Read More

Illegal immigration: policy perspectives and challenges (2015)
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Casarico, A., Facchini, G., & Frattini, T. (2015). Illegal immigration: policy perspectives and challenges. CESifo Economic Studies, 61(3-4), doi:10.1093/cesifo/ifv004. ISSN 1610-241X

The combination of increasing immigration pressures and restrictive policies imperfectly enforced by many destination countries has made illegal immigration widespread. This paper provides an overview of the mechanisms behind the formation of migrati... Read More

A model of firm heterogeneity in factor intensities and international trade (2014)
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Emami Namini, J., Facchini, G., & López, R. A. (2014). A model of firm heterogeneity in factor intensities and international trade. Canadian Journal of Economics / Revue Canadienne d'Économique, 48(4), 1456-1480. doi:10.1111/caje.12150

Empirical evidence suggests that exporters are, in addition to being more productive, significantly more skilled‐labour intensive than non‐exporters. In a setting that captures both these features, we show that the firm selection induced by trade lib... Read More

Migration, friendship ties, and cultural assimilation (2014)
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Facchini, G., Patacchini, E., & Steinhardt, M. F. (2015). Migration, friendship ties, and cultural assimilation. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117(2), doi:10.1111/sjoe.12096

We study migrants’ assimilation by analyzing whether friendship with natives is a measure of cultural assimilation and by investigating the formation of social ties. Using the German Socio-Economic Panel, we find that migrants with a German friend ar... Read More

Policymakers’ horizon and trade reforms: the protectionist effect of elections (2014)
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Conconi, P., Facchini, G., & Zanardi, M. (2014). Policymakers’ horizon and trade reforms: the protectionist effect of elections. Journal of International Economics, 94(1), doi:10.1016/j.jinteco.2014.06.006. ISSN 0022-1996

This paper shows that electoral incentives deter politicians from supporting trade liber- alization. We focus on all major trade liberalization bills introduced since the early 1970s in the U.S. Congress, in which House and Senate members serve respe... Read More

Attracting skilled immigrants: an overview of recent policy developments in advanced countries (2014)
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Facchini, G., & Lodigiani, E. (2014). Attracting skilled immigrants: an overview of recent policy developments in advanced countries. National Institute Economic Review, 229(1), doi:10.1177/002795011422900102. ISSN 0027-9501

In this paper we review the policies put in place by the main Western destination countries to attract highly skilled migrants. Two main systems can be identified. On the one hand, employer-driven schemes typically call for the migrant to meet a set... Read More