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Do Not Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor! Determinants of Legislator Voting on Immigration Issues

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  • Jorge G. Gonzalez

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    (Economics Department, Trinity University)

  • Nipoli Kamdar

    (Trinity University)

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    This paper examines the determinants of the U.S. House of Representatives 1996 vote on the "The Immigration in the National Interest Act." Public choice theory suggests that the voting behavior of legislators is affected by the interests of their constituencies, special interest politics, and by their ideology. The paper uses probit analysis to test the significance of the above factors. The results suggest that Representatives responded to the socioeconomic interests of their constituents as expected. However, in a surprising finding, pro-business legislators appear to have voted to restrict immigration.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
    Pages: 127-143

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:26:y:2000:i:2:p:127-143

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    Keywords: Immigration; Politics; Representatives; Votes; Voting;

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    Cited by:
    1. Facchini, Giovanni & Steinhardt, Max Friedrich, 2011. "What drives U.S. immigration policy? Evidence from congressional roll call votes," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 95(7-8), pages 734-743, August.
    2. Conconi, Paola & Facchini, Giovanni & Steinhardt, Max Friedrich & Zanardi, Maurizio, 2012. "The political economy of trade and migration: Evidence from the US Congress," HWWI Research Papers 136, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
    3. Giovanni Facchini & Tommaso Frattini & Cora Signorotto, 2013. "Mind What Your Voters Read: Media Exposure and International Economic Policy Making," Development Working Papers, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano 358, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano.
    4. Simon Guidecoq & Michel Rocca, 2010. "Réforme "Obama" de la politique d'immigration et pronostics des théories économiques : les influences de la majorité politique et de la conjoncture économique," Post-Print, HAL halshs-00560088, HAL.

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