publication . Report . Preprint . 2010

Immigration: America's nineteenth century "law and order problem"?

Howard Bodenhorn; Carolyn M. Moehling; Anne Morrison Piehl;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2010
  • Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research
Abstract
Past studies of the empirical relationship between immigration and crime during the first major wave of immigration have focused on violent crime in cities and have relied on data with serious limitations regarding nativity information. We analyze administrative data from Pennsylvania prisons, with high quality information on nativity and demographic characteristics. The latter allow us to construct incarceration rates for detailed population groups using U.S. Census data. The raw gap in incarceration rates for the foreign and native born is large, in accord with the extremely high concern at the time about immigrant criminality. But adjusting for age and gender...
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free text keywords: jel:J01, jel:K4, jel:N3
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NSF| The Economics in the Antebellum South
Project
  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 0109165
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences | Division of Social and Economic Sciences
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publication . Report . Preprint . 2010

Immigration: America's nineteenth century "law and order problem"?

Howard Bodenhorn; Carolyn M. Moehling; Anne Morrison Piehl;