Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/207460
Authors: 
Brodeur, Abel
Wright, Taylor
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 12635
Abstract: 
Using the universe of individual asylum cases in the United States from 2000-2004 and a difference-in-differences research design, we test whether Sept. 11, 2001 decreased the likelihood that applicants from Muslim-majority countries were granted asylum. Our estimates suggest that the attacks resulted in a 4 percentage points decrease in the likelihood that applicants from Muslim-majority countries are granted asylum. The estimated effect is larger for applicants who share a country of origin with the Sept. 11, 2001 attackers. These effects do not differ across judge political affiliation. Our findings provide evidence that emotions affect the decisions of judges.
Subjects: 
courts
crime
immigration
judicial decision
sentencing and terrorism
JEL: 
D74
K4
K37
P48
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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