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Smuggling Illegal Goods Across the US–Mexico Border: A Political-economy Perspective

We analyse the impact that political business cycles and party preferences have on smuggling illegal goods across the US–Mexico border during the years 1980–2004. We find that smuggling is significantly reduced prior to Congressional elections – but only if the incumbent President is Republican.

15. December 2012

Authors A. Buehn Stefan Eichler

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