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Measuring immigration policies: preliminary evidence from IMPALA

Beine, Michel, Burgoon, Brian B., Crock, Mary, Gest, Justin, Hiscox, Michael, McGovern, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-3984-2080, Rapoport, Hillel and Thielemann, Eiko R. (2015) Measuring immigration policies: preliminary evidence from IMPALA. CESifo Economic Studies, 61 (3-4). pp. 527-559. ISSN 1610-241X

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Identification Number: 10.1093/cesifo/ifu038


This article presents the methods and preliminary findings from IMPALA, a database that systematically measures the character and stringency of immigration policies. Based on a selection of data for six pilot countries between 1990 and 2008, we document the variation of immigration policies across countries and over time. We focus on three specific dimensions: the number of entry tracks for economic workers; the measurement and role of bilateral agreements that complement unilateral immigration policies, and aggregation procedures that allow for gauging the stringency of immigration regulations comparatively.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © The Author 2015
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
K Law > K Law (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4450 Databases
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F22 - International Migration
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J0 - General > J08 - Labor Economics Policies
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 11:47
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:17
Projects: FNR-CORE-C11/LM/1185166
Funders: Fonds National de la Recherche

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