Immigration, Regional Conditions, and Crime: Evidence from an Allocation Policy in Germany

40 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2015

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Marc Piopiunik

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Department Human Capital and Innovation

Jens Ruhose

Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover - Faculty of Economics and Management

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Abstract

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, more than 3 million people with German ancestors immigrated to Germany under a special law granting immediate citizenship. Exploiting the exogenous allocation of ethnic German immigrants by German authorities across regions upon arrival, we find that immigration significantly increases crime. The crime impact of immigration depends strongly on local labor market conditions, with strong impacts in regions with high unemployment. Similarly, we find substantially stronger effects in regions with high preexisting crime levels or large shares of foreigners.

Keywords: immigration, crime, allocation policy

JEL Classification: F22, J15, K42, R10

Suggested Citation

Piopiunik, Marc and Ruhose, Jens, Immigration, Regional Conditions, and Crime: Evidence from an Allocation Policy in Germany. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8962. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2589824

Marc Piopiunik (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Department Human Capital and Innovation ( email )

Poschingerstr. 5
Munich, 81679
Germany

Jens Ruhose

Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover - Faculty of Economics and Management ( email )

Koenigsworther Platz 1
Hannover, 30167
Germany

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