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Smuggling illegal goods across the US--Mexico border: a political-economy perspective


  • Andreas Buehn
  • Stefan Eichler


We analyse the impact that political business cycles and party preferences have on smuggling illegal goods across the US--Mexico border during the years 1980--2004. We find that smuggling is significantly reduced prior to Congressional elections -- but only if the incumbent President is Republican.

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  • Andreas Buehn & Stefan Eichler, 2012. "Smuggling illegal goods across the US--Mexico border: a political-economy perspective," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(12), pages 1183-1187, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:19:y:2012:i:12:p:1183-1187
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2011.617686

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