CEPII, Recherche et Expertise sur l'economie mondiale
Jeudi 24 juin 2021
2.30-4.00 pm (CET)
"Immigrant franchise and immigration policy: Evidence from the Progressive Era", research seminar with Giovanni Facchini, University of Nottingham

Giovanni Facchini
Professor of Economics and Director of the Nottingham Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, University of Nottingham
Professor Giovanni Facchini will present his work "Immigrant Franchise and Immigration Policy: Evidence from the Progressive Era", co-authored with Costanza Biavaschi.

What is the role played by immigrant groups in shaping migration policy in the destination country? The authors address this question exploiting cross-state variation in U.S. citizens' access to the franchise, due to the presence of residency requirements. First, they document that naturalized immigrants were more geographically mobile than natives. Second, members of the Congress representing districts with large numbers of naturalized U.S. citizens were more likely to support an open migration policy, but this effect is reversed once they account for residency requirements. Their results indicate that electoral accountability of U.S. congressmen to naturalized immigrants was a key factor in explaining this outcome.

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