Unintended effects of the Alabama HB 56 immigration law on crime: A preliminary analysis Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Elsevier B.V. The Alabama HB 56 act passed in 2011 is the strictest anti-illegal immigration bill in the United States. Using the synthetic control method to create a counterfactual Alabama, this paper provides suggestive evidence that Alabama HB 56 led to an increase in violent crime rates, but had no significant impact on property crime rates.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 8.08

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, Y., Palma, M. A., & Xu, Z. P.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Yinjunjie||Palma, Marco A||Xu, Zhicheng Phil

publication date

  • January 2016