Seminar

Asylum Seeking in Unsettled Times: The Changing Nature and Function of Credibility in Immigration Law and Culture

This paper asks how the evolution of cultural ideas about credibility shapes the form of asylum claims, and in light of this process, how asylum-seekers navigate competing demands to make credible claims of persecution and fear. Using a sample of 150 asylum claims from around the world, lodged over a 30-year period, it shows how asylum-seeking takes place in culturally “unsettled times,” which require claimants to adjust the ways they seek to demonstrate their credibility as they navigate the competing demands of organizational legibility, legal requirements, and cultural perceptions.
  • 2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room) | UC Davis
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Does Peer Motivation Influence Schooling Investments? Evidence from DACA

In this paper, Briana Ballis examines the spillover effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This policy significantly increased the returns to schooling for undocumented youth, leaving the returns for everyone else unchanged. Leveraging administrative data from Los Angeles schools and variation in the concentration in DACA-eligible youth across schools, it also finds significant positive effects of DACA on high school completion and student achievement among ineligible peer groups.
  • SS&H 1131 (Gold Conference Room)
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