Beine, Michel Burgoon, Brian Crock, Mary Gest, Justin Hiscox, Michael McGovern, Patrick Rapoport, Hillel Thielemann, Eiko
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CESifo Working Paper No. 5109
This paper presents the methods and preliminary findings from IMPALA, a database that systematically measures the character and stringency of immigration policies. Based on a selection of data for six pilot countries between 1990 and 2008, we document the variation of immigration policies across countries and over time. We focus on three specific dimensions: the number of entry tracks for economic workers; the measurement and role of bilateral agreements that complement unilateral immigration policies; and aggregation procedures that allow for gauging the stringency of immigration regulations comparatively.