Terrorism, Immigration and Asylum Approval

Title: Terrorism, Immigration and Asylum Approval
Authors: Brodeur, Abel
Wright, Taylor
Date: 2019
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 3.2 percentage point 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, 2001attackers. These effects do not differ across judge political affiliation. Our findings provide evidence that emotions affect the decisions of judges.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/40315
CollectionÉconomie - Publications // Economics - Working Papers
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