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The Economics of Border Enforcement
A talk by Gordon Hanson, Professor of Economics, UCSD

Wednesday, February 9
1:30pm at INTS 1111
CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, UCR

Co-sponsored by: Center for Ideas and Society, CHASS California Futures Initiative

How does enforcement of the US-Mexico border by the US Border Patrol affect the decision to migrate from Mexico to the US, and the probability of being apprehended for those crossing the border illegally? This research is based on individual apprehensions data, which include all individuals detained by the Border Patrol at the US-Mexico border over the 1998-2009 period.

Gordon Hanson is director of the Center on Pacific Economies and is a professor of economics at UC San Diego, where he holds faculty positions in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the Department of Economics. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics.