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Unauthorized Immigration: Evaluating the Effects and Policy Responses


  • Santiago Pinto
  • Timothy Sablik


Immigration has been the subject of intense debate recently in the United States and in Europe. Economists have studied unauthorized immigration to better understand what motivates immigrants to move and what effects they have on domestic workers and the domestic economy. Incorporating this research into a model suggests that centralized enforcement of immigration policies may be more effective than a decentralized approach.

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  • Santiago Pinto & Timothy Sablik, 2018. "Unauthorized Immigration: Evaluating the Effects and Policy Responses," Richmond Fed Economic Brief, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue January.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedreb:00060

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    1. Carmen Camacho & Fabio Mariani & Luca Pensieroso, 2018. "Dealing with Illegal Immigration: the Role of Informality, Taxation and Trade," LIDAM Discussion Papers IRES 2018007, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).


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