Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/202815
Authors: 
Huang, Yue
Kvasnicka, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 12469
Abstract: 
In the 2015 refugee crisis, nearly one million refugees came to Germany, raising concern that crimes against natives would rise. Using novel county-level data, we study this question empirically in first-difference and 2SLS regressions. Our results do not support the view that Germans were victimized in greater numbers by refugees as measured by their rate of victimization in crimes with refugee suspects. Our findings are of great policy and public interest, and also of material relevance for the broader literature on immigration and crime which considers only crimes per capita or variants thereof, but never actual crimes by foreigners against natives. We show that this shortcoming can lead to biased inference.
Subjects: 
immigration
refugees
crimes
crimes against natives
JEL: 
F22
J15
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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