Voter Beliefs, Electoral Concerns and Undocumented Migration


If voters underestimate the benefits that immigrants bring to their country, policy makers need to campaign for suboptimal migration levels in order to win elections. Once in power, they face a trade-off between keeping electoral promises by restricting immigration and stimulating the economy by favoring immigration. One solution to this trade-off may be maintaining high barriers to legal migration, while keeping a blind eye on undocumented migration.

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Berlinschi, R. and Squicciarini, M. (2013) Voter Beliefs, Electoral Concerns and Undocumented Migration. Open Journal of Political Science, 3, 143-145. doi: 10.4236/ojps.2013.34020.

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