Cato Institute: Immigration and State Institutions: Does Region of Origin Matter?

Cato Institute: Immigration and State Institutions: Does Region of Origin Matter?

Some immigration opponents claim that immigrants import bad institutions and policies from their country of origin into their new home country. We argue just the opposite—namely, that immigrants are more likely to self‐​select into countries with better institutions than those in their home countries. Researchers have examined this issue in both a cross‐​country and within‐​country context. Their findings have been mixed.…

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Do immigrants destroy American institutions?

Do immigrants destroy American institutions?

In a new paper (forthcoming in the Cato Journal), LSPI Texas Policy Fellow Meg Tuszynski and her SMU colleague Dean Stansel examine this question empirically, and find little – if any – evidence in support of this conjecture. Previous literature has assessed this question using immigrant populations as a whole, and found mixed results. In this paper, Tuszynski and Stansel ask…

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