Immigration Policy Index

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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 2017

Abstract

The immigration policy index is based on three types of entry visa restrictions: visa required, visa not required for short stays and visa not required. 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 percent increase in migrant stocks and a significant shift towards 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. The result suggests the existence of immigration policy hysteresis.

Keywords: Immigration policy, visa, differences‐in‐differences estimation, policy quasi‐experiment, group heterogeneity, diaspora effect

Suggested Citation

Vikhrov, Dmytro, Immigration Policy Index (January 2017). Economics of Transition, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 3-46, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2893978 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecot.12115

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