Does Immigration Impact Institutions?
27 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2014 Last revised: 29 Jan 2015
Date Written: August 18, 2014
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
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