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The impact of immigrants on host country crime

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  • Dai, Tiantian
  • Liu, Xiangbo
  • Xie, Biancen

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It is conventionally believed that immigration increases crime rates in the host country. However, empirical results are not in line with this crime concern. We develop a model with endogenous skill upgrading and criminal choices to reconcile the inconsistency.

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  • Dai, Tiantian & Liu, Xiangbo & Xie, Biancen, 2013. "The impact of immigrants on host country crime," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 119(2), pages 157-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:119:y:2013:i:2:p:157-161
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.02.007
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    Keywords

    Immigration; Crime; Skill-upgrading;
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    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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