Uncovering Evidence That Border-Crossing Sanctions Work

December, 2022
IDA document: D-33229
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Research Summary/Research Insights , Documents
Division: Cost Analysis and Research Division
Sarah K. John, John E. Whitley See more authors
The 2022 winner of IDA’s Larry D. Welch Award for Best External Publication is “Deterring Illegal Entry: Migrant Sanctions and Recidivism in Border Apprehensions,” published in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. The authors used previously unavailable records on Mexican nationals who had been apprehended for illegal entry into the U.S. to produce estimates of their being re-apprehended after U.S. sanctions were imposed in 2008. Their findings imply that new U.S. administrative sanctions may be a cost-effective strategy for deterring illegal entry, an important step in designing viable immigration policy.