Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126269
Authors: 
Mastrobuoni, Giovanni
Pinotti, Paolo
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Upjohn Institute Working Paper 14-212
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 1) comparing recidivism rates of immigrants from the "new" and "candidate" member countries and 2) 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 set up 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.
Subjects: 
immigration
crime
legal status
JEL: 
F22
K42
C41
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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