Do Interest Groups Affect Us Immigration Policy?

  title={Do Interest Groups Affect Us Immigration Policy?},
  author={G. Facchini and Anna Maria Mayda and P. Mishra},
  journal={International Trade},
  • G. Facchini, Anna Maria Mayda, P. Mishra
  • Published 2008
  • Economics
  • International Trade
  • While anecdotal evidence suggests that interest groups play a key role in shaping immigration policy, there is no systematic empirical analysis of this issue. In this paper, we construct an industry-level dataset for the United States, by combining information on the number of temporary work visas with data on lobbying activity associated with immigration. We find robust evidence that both pro- and anti-immigration interest groups play a statistically significant and economically relevant role… CONTINUE READING


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