Public Choice

, Volume 163, Issue 3–4, pp 321–335 | Cite as

Does immigration impact institutions?

  • J. R. Clark
  • Robert Lawson
  • Alex Nowrasteh
  • Benjamin Powell
  • Ryan Murphy
Article

Abstract

The economics literature generally finds a positive, but small, gain in income to native-born populations from immigrants and potentially large gains in world incomes. But immigrants can also impact a recipient nation’s institutions. A growing empirical literature supports the importance of strong private property rights, a rule of law, and an environment of economic freedom for promoting long-run prosperity. But little is known about how immigration impacts these institutions. This paper empirically examines how immigration impacts a nation’s policies and institutions. We find no evidence of negative and some evidence of positive impacts in institutional quality as a result of immigration.

Keywords

Economic freedom Immigration Institutions 

JEL Classification

J1 J6 P1 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. R. Clark
    • 1
  • Robert Lawson
    • 2
  • Alex Nowrasteh
    • 3
  • Benjamin Powell
    • 4
  • Ryan Murphy
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaChattanoogaUSA
  2. 2.Southern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA
  3. 3.Cato InstituteWashington, D.C.USA
  4. 4.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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