Clicking on Heaven's Door: The Effect of Immigrant Legalization on Crime

48 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2016

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Paolo Pinotti

Bocconi University - BAFFI Center on International Markets, Money, and Regulation

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Date Written: November 2016

Abstract

We estimate the effect of immigrant legalization on the crime rate of immigrants in Italy by exploiting an ideal regression discontinuity design: fixed quotas of residence permits are available each year, applications must be submitted electronically on specific "Click Days", and are processed on a first-come, first-served basis until the available quotas are exhausted. Matching data on applications with individual-level criminal records, we show that legalization reduces the crime rate of legalized immigrants by 0.6 percentage points on average, on a baseline crime rate of 1.1 percent.

Keywords: crime, legal status, regression discontinuity design

JEL Classification: J61, K37, K42

Suggested Citation

Pinotti, Paolo, Clicking on Heaven's Door: The Effect of Immigrant Legalization on Crime (November 2016). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11597. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2865865

Paolo Pinotti (Contact Author)

Bocconi University - BAFFI Center on International Markets, Money, and Regulation ( email )

Milano, 20136
Italy

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