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Replication data for: Effects of Immigrant Legalization on Crime

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Baker, Scott R.
Publication Date
2015-01-01
Description
  • Abstract

    I examine the effects that the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which legalized almost 3 million immigrants, had on crime in the United States. I exploit the IRCA's quasi-random timing as well as geographic variation in the intensity of treatment to isolate causal impacts. I find decreases in crime of 3-5 percent, primarily due to decline in property crimes, equivalent to 120,000-180,000 fewer violent and property crimes committed each year due to legalization. I calibrate a labor market model of crime, finding that much of the drop in crime can be explained by greater labor market opportunities among applicants.
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  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20151041 (Text)
Publications
  • Baker, Scott R. “Effects of Immigrant Legalization on Crime.” American Economic Review 105, no. 5 (May 2015): 210–13. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.p20151041.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.p20151041 (DOI)

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Baker, Scott R. (2015): Replication data for: Effects of Immigrant Legalization on Crime. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113380