Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/171161
Authors: 
Drometer, Marcus
Méango, Romuald
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Ifo Working Paper 239
Abstract: 
Using a panel of naturalizations in U.S. states from 1965 to 2012, we empirically analyze the impact of elections on naturalization policy. Our results indicate that naturalization policy is (partly) driven by national elections: there are more naturalizations in presidential election years and during the terms of Democratic incumbents. We then investigate the dynamics of an incumbent’s behavior over the course of the his term in detail, finding that the effects are more pronounced in politically contested states and for immigrants originating from Latin America.
Subjects: 
Electoral cycles
naturalization policy
JEL: 
H11
D72
F22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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