Immigration Policy Index

CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 523

55 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2015

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Dmytro Vikhrov

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute)

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Date Written: January 1, 2015

Abstract

I construct an immigration policy index which is heterogeneous across destination-origin country pairs and variant over time. This index is based on three types of entry visa restrictions: visa required, visa not required for short stays and visa not required at all. When estimated in levels, visa exempt country pairs account for around 15% more migrants than their counterfactual. I show that the effects of migration determinants vary by the type of visa restrictions. Further, I identify country pairs which changed their visa regime during 2000-2010 and find that the weakening of visa policy is associated with a 10% increase in migrant stocks and a significant shift toward male and less skilled migration from policy affected source countries. In contrast, the tightening of visa policy is not related to a significant change in migrant stocks, their gender or skill composition.

Keywords: immigration policy; visa; difference-in-difference estimation; policy quasi-experiment; group heterogeneity; diaspora effect

JEL Classification: F22; K37; F66; R23

Suggested Citation

Vikhrov, Dmytro, Immigration Policy Index (January 1, 2015). CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 523. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2544991 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2544991

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