Does immigration cause crime? : evidence from Spain

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dc.contributor.author Alonso-Borrego, César
dc.contributor.author Garoupa, Nuno
dc.contributor.author Vázquez, Pablo
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-12T11:51:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-12T11:51:11Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04
dc.identifier.issn 2340-5031
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/10715
dc.description.abstract The relationship between crime and immigration has been a matter of controversy in the US and around the world. This paper investigates empirically the case of Spain. From 1999 to 2009, Spain has had a large wave of immigration from different areas of the globe. At the same time, crime rates have increased. However, by comparison with other European countries that have received similar massive immigration waves during the same period, crime rates in Spain have increased less considerably. We show that there is a significant relationship between crime and immigration. Nevertheless, the explanation is found in the specific characteristics of the different immigration groups, particularly in the amount and type of human capital, which is a result largely in tune with previous studies on US immigration and crime.
dc.description.sponsorship This paper is based on a larger project developed by FEDEA on the economics and sociology of immigration in Spain (2008). Garoupa acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission, MMECC (EC Project 044422) and Alonso-Borrego acknowledges the financial support of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Grant ECO2009-11165).
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries UC3M Working papers. Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseries 11-08
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Immigration
dc.subject.other Crime
dc.subject.other Spain
dc.title Does immigration cause crime? : evidence from Spain
dc.type workingPaper
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aler/ahr019
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/aler/ahr019
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. ECO2009-11165
dc.identifier.uxxi DT/0000000890
dc.identifier.repec we1108
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