American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
no. 4, October 2023
This paper studies the effects of immigration on crime and crime perceptions in Chile, where the foreign-born population tripled in less than ten years. We document null effects of immigration on crime but positive and significant effects on crime-related concerns and on preventive behavioral responses, such as investing in home security. We explore several channels and provide suggestive evidence related to low- versus high-education immigrants, ethnicity-related intergroup threats, and the role of local media.
Ajzenman, Nicolás, Patricio Dominguez, and Raimundo Undurraga.
"Immigration, Crime, and Crime (Mis)Perceptions."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
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