Terrorism, Immigration and Asylum Approval
Abel Brodeur and
Taylor Wright ()
No 1906E, Working Papers from University of Ottawa, Department of Economics
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
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