Giovanni Mastrobuoni wins the 2016 AEJ-Applied's Best Paper Prize

Congratulations to Giovanni Mastrobuoni for winning the 2016 American Economic Journal - Applied Economics Best Paper Prize.

In Legal Status and the Criminal Activity of Immigrants, authors Giovanni Mastrobuoni and Paolo Pinotti study a mass prisoner release in Italy that coincided with an EU expansion that granted legal status to previously undocumented immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria. They find that recidivism rates declined for the immigrants who gained legal status, suggesting that a lack of legal job opportunities is driving at least some crime among immigrants.