English, Article edition: Strategic Amnesty and Credible Immigration Reform. Chau, Nancy H

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  • Strategic Amnesty and Credible Immigration Reform.
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  • Chau, Nancy H
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  • Why do countries that impose employer sanctions to deter the illegal entry of foreign workers nevertheless grant amnesty to illegal immigrants? In this article, I provide a positive theory of amnesty provision in a model where the constrained optimal immigration reform, involving the joint use of employer sanctions and border interdictions, is time-inconsistent. In particular, my framework demonstrates that host countries of immigration can enhance the credibility of their immigration reforms by "binding their own hands" and strategically granting a socially excessive amount of amnesty to illegal workers. Copyright 2001 by University of Chicago Press.
  • RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:19:y:2001:i:3:p:604-34
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