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

  • Economics Letters

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

  • October 2016