Clicking on Heaven's Door: The Effect of Immigrant Legalization on Crime
Paolo Pinotti ()
American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 1, 138-68
We estimate the effect of immigrant legalization on the crime rate of immigrants in Italy by exploiting an ideal regression discontinuity design: fixed quotas of residence permits are available each year, applications must be submitted electronically on specific "click days," and are processed on a first come, first served basis until the available quotas are exhausted. Matching data on applications with individual-level criminal records, we show that legalization reduces the crime rate of legalized immigrants by 0.6 percentage points on average, on a baseline crime rate of 1.1 percent.
JEL-codes: J15 J61 K37 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.20150355
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (33) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... XngnoOGFYSS7_ydBUajp (application/zip)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... CSnOocFXvlmv26Lncov- (application/pdf)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... YK6VblvQd05PzY07VX2f (application/zip)
Working Paper: Clicking on Heaven's Door: The Effect of Immigrant Legalization on Crime (2016)
Working Paper: Clicking on Heaven's Door: The E ffect of Immigrant Legalization on Crime (2016)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:107:y:2017:i:1:p:138-68
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
American Economic Review is currently edited by Esther Duflo
More articles in American Economic Review from American Economic Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Michael P. Albert ().