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Terrorism, Immigration and Asylum Approval

Abel Brodeur and Taylor Wright ()

No 1906E, Working Papers from University of Ottawa, Department of Economics

Abstract: Using the universe of individual asylum cases in the United States from 2000-2004 and a difference-in-differences research design, we test whether Sept. 11, 2001 decreased the likelihood that applicants from Muslim-majority countries were granted asylum. Our estimates suggest that the attacks resulted in a 3.2 percentage point decrease in the likelihood that applicants from Muslim-majority countries are granted asylum. The estimated effect is larger for applicants who share a country of origin with the Sept. 11, 2001 attackers. These effects do not differ across judge political affiliation. Our findings provide evidence that emotions affect the decisions of judges.

Keywords: Courts; Crime; Immigration; Judicial Decision; Sentencing and Terrorism. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D74 K37 K4 P48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2019
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