Does Immigration Impact Institutions?

27 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2014 Last revised: 29 Jan 2015

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J. R. Clark

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Robert Lawson

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Strategy & Entrepreneurship Department

Alex Nowrasteh

Cato Institute - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

Benjamin Powell

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute; Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Ryan Murphy

Southern Methodist University (SMU)

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Date Written: August 18, 2014

Abstract

The economics literature generally finds a positive, but small, gain in income to native-born populations from immigrants and potentially large gains in world incomes. But immigrants can also impact a recipient nation's institutions. A growing empirical literature supports the importance of strong private property rights, a rule of law, and an environment of economic freedom for promoting long run prosperity. Comparatively little work has tried to explain economic freedom as a dependent variable. This paper empirically examines how immigration impacts a region's policies and institutions. We find small but positive increases in institutional quality as a result of immigration.

Keywords: Economic Freedom, Immigration, Institutions

JEL Classification: J1, J6, P1

Suggested Citation

Clark, Jeff R. and Lawson, Robert and Nowrasteh, Alex and Powell, Benjamin and Murphy, Ryan, Does Immigration Impact Institutions? (August 18, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2482370 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2482370

Jeff R. Clark

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ( email )

Department of Economics
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Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
United States

Robert Lawson

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Strategy & Entrepreneurship Department ( email )

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Alex Nowrasteh

Cato Institute - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity ( email )

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Benjamin Powell (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute ( email )

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Ryan Murphy

Southern Methodist University (SMU) ( email )

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