The Economic and Political Influences on Different Dimensions of United States Immigration Policy

  title={The Economic and Political Influences on Different Dimensions of United States Immigration Policy},
  author={Helen V. Milner and Dustin Tingley},
Recent research on political attitudes towards immigration often pits arguments emphasizing economic self-interest against ideological or cultural explanations. Many of these studies conceptualize immigration policy along a single dimension instead of disaggregating it into its distinct policy dimensions. Conditional on the type of immigration policy, different explanations should have more or less explanatory power. We disaggregate immigration policy into six different dimensions and provide… 

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