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Clicking on Heaven's Door: The Effect of Immigrant Legalization on Crime

Paolo Pinotti ()

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 1, 138-68

Abstract: 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)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.20150355
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