Measuring immigration policies : preliminary evidence from IMPALA
BEINE, Michel; BURGOON, Brian; CROCK, Mary; GEST, Justin; HISCOX, Michael; MCGOVERN, Patrick; RAPOPORT, Hillel; THIELEMANN, Eiko
Title: Measuring immigration policies : preliminary evidence from IMPALA
Author: BEINE, Michel; BURGOON, Brian; CROCK, Mary; GEST, Justin; HISCOX, Michael; MCGOVERN, Patrick; RAPOPORT, Hillel; THIELEMANN, Eiko
Series/Number: CESifo Working Paper; 2014/5109
External link: http://www.cesifo-group.de/
This paper 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.
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