Measuring immigration policies: Preliminary evidence from IMPALA

Michel Beine, Brian B. Burgoon, Mary Crock, Justin Gest, Michael Hiscox, Patrick McGovern, Hillel Rapoport, Eiko Thielemann

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-559
Number of pages33
JournalCESifo Economic Studies
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Government policy and regulation
  • International migration
  • Labour economics policies


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