Measuring Immigration Policies: Preliminary Evidence from IMPALA

42 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2014

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Michel A. R. Beine

University of Luxemburg; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Brian Michael Burgoon

University of Amsterdam

Mary Elizabeth Crock

The University of Sydney Law School

Justin Gest

George Mason University - School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs

Michael J. Hiscox

Harvard University

Patrick G. McGovern

London School of Economics and Political Science

Hillel Rapoport

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Eiko R. Thielemann

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE); London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - European Institute

Date Written: December 18, 2014

Abstract

This paper presents the methods and preliminary findings from IMPALA, a database that systematically measures the character and stringency of immigration policies. Based on a selection of data for six pilot countries between 1990 and 2008, we document the variation of immigration policies across countries and over time. We focus on three specific dimensions: the number of entry tracks for economic workers; the measurement and role of bilateral agreements that complement unilateral immigration policies; and aggregation procedures that allow for gauging the stringency of immigration regulations comparatively.

Keywords: immigration policies, stringency indexes, economic immigration, entry track

Suggested Citation

Beine, Michel A. R. and Burgoon, Brian Michael and Crock, Mary Elizabeth and Gest, Justin and Hiscox, Michael J. and McGovern, Patrick G. and Rapoport, Hillel and Thielemann, Eiko R., Measuring Immigration Policies: Preliminary Evidence from IMPALA (December 18, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5109. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2540058

Michel A. R. Beine (Contact Author)

University of Luxemburg ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Brian Michael Burgoon

University of Amsterdam ( email )

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Mary Elizabeth Crock

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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The University of Sydney
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Justin Gest

George Mason University - School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs ( email )

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Michael J. Hiscox

Harvard University ( email )

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Patrick G. McGovern

London School of Economics and Political Science ( email )

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Hillel Rapoport

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

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