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Replication data for: Legal Status and the Criminal Activity of Immigrants

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  • Mastrobuoni, Giovanni
  • Pinotti, Paolo
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  • Abstract

    We exploit exogenous variation in legal status following the January 2007 European Union enlargement to estimate its effect on immigrant crime. We difference out unobserved time-varying factors by (i) comparing recidivism rates of immigrants from the "new" and "candidate" member countries; and (ii) using arrest data on foreign detainees released upon a mass clemency that occurred in Italy in August 2006. The timing of the two events allows us to setup a difference-in-differences strategy. Legal status leads to a 50 percent reduction in recidivism, and explains one-half to two-thirds of the observed differences in crime rates between legal and illegal immigrants. (JEL F22, K42, C41)
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    DOI: 10.1257/app.20140039 (Text)
  • Mastrobuoni, Giovanni, and Paolo Pinotti. “Legal Status and the Criminal Activity of Immigrants.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 7, no. 2 (April 2015): 175–206.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.20140039 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Mastrobuoni, Giovanni; Pinotti, Paolo (2015): Replication data for: Legal Status and the Criminal Activity of Immigrants. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.