Michael J. Hiscox

Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs
Harvard University

Biography & CV
The Immigration Policy Project

Governments adopt a wide variety of approaches to regulating immigration. They give different meanings to basic concepts such as citizenship and residency, for instance, and place different importance on occupational skills, family reunification, and cultural and ethnic diversity when selecting immigrants. But it is impossible at the moment to say much more than that about alternative approaches to immigration policy. There are no comprehensive, cross-nationally comparable data on immigration policies and no systematic method for classifying, measuring, and comparing immigration policies across countries and over time. As a consequence, it is difficult for scholars to assess the consequences of different approaches to managing immigration and make contributions to ongoing public and policy debates. 

The Immigration Policy Project aims to address this problem by building a new set of  comparable data on immigration policies in 25 countries from 1960 to the present. The project will also compile complementary data on state and local regulations affecting immigrants in the United States during the same time period. These data should be of immense value to researchers in a wide variety of academic disciplines. 

Initial PIs: Michael J. Hiscox, Suzanna Chapman 
Team Members: Brad Alvarez, Stephanie Miller, Jazmine Ramirez, Elisha Rivera, Irina Vaynerman, Cecilia Venegas

For more information, please see the short summary, or the longer background description.

THIS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY BEING IMPLEMENTED. Please check back soon as we may be posting coding schemes and initial results.