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Concessional Amnesty and the Politics of Immigration Reforms

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  • Nancy H. Chau

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    (Cornell University)

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This paper establishes a political support model of immigration reforms. The analysis highlights the distinction between border enforcement and employer sanction measures in that the former can be more aptly characterized as an income transfer from employer to native labor interests, whereas the latter generates deadweight losses that are borne entirely by producers. We show that while amnesty may appear to run contrary to the original intent of the immigration reform, it may nevertheless facilitate rent capture by the politician by "wiping the slate clean" and reducing the deadweight loss of employer sanction measures. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Economics & Politics.

Volume (Year): 15 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (07)
Pages: 193-224

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecopol:v:15:y:2003:i:2:p:193-224

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Cited by:
  1. Facchini, Giovanni & Testa, Cecilia, 2011. "The rhetoric of closed borders: quotas, lax enforcement and illegal migration," CEPR Discussion Papers 8245, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Ira N. Gang & Myeong-Su Yun, 2006. "Immigration Amnesty and Immigrant's Earnings," Departmental Working Papers 200632, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.
  3. Benjamin Powell, 2012. "Coyote ugly: the deadweight cost of rent seeking for immigration policy," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 150(1), pages 195-208, January.

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