Terrorism, Immigration and Asylum Approval

38 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2019

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Abel Brodeur

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Ottawa - Department of Economics

Taylor Wright

University of Ottawa

Abstract

Using the universe of individual asylum cases in the United States from 2000-2004 and a difference-in-differences research design, we test whether Sept. 11, 2001 decreased the likelihood that applicants from Muslim-majority countries were granted asylum. Our estimates suggest that the attacks resulted in a 4 percentage points decrease in the likelihood that applicants from Muslim-majority countries are granted asylum. The estimated effect is larger for applicants who share a country of origin with the Sept. 11, 2001 attackers. These effects do not differ across judge political affiliation. Our findings provide evidence that emotions affect the decisions of judges.

Keywords: courts, crime, immigration, judicial decision, sentencing and terrorism

JEL Classification: D74, K4, K37, P48

Suggested Citation

Brodeur, Abel and Brodeur, Abel and Wright, Taylor, Terrorism, Immigration and Asylum Approval. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3468583 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3468583

Abel Brodeur (Contact Author)

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University of Ottawa - Department of Economics ( email )

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Taylor Wright

University of Ottawa

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