Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



College of Business and Economics



Committee Chair

Brian J Cushing

Committee Co-Chair

Mark Burkey

Committee Member

Joshua Hall

Committee Member

Randall W Jackson

Committee Member

Adam Nowak

Committee Member

Peter Schaeffer


The movement of population is a part of the adjustment process in economics and society to changes in conditions and the environment. However migration can affect the host country and have negative consequences, such as poverty, crime, and overcrowding the social systems that provide access to health care and public goods. This dissertation addresses some cases of what are the consequences of migration: First it considers the opening of the European Union to new countries in 2004 and 2007 insignificant effects from the increase of all immigrants, African immigrants, and Latin American immigrants on crime rates of the regions, but there is a positive correlation from the immigration of Europeans on property crime. Then it addresses the choice of undocumented immigrants to locate in the United States. The results from this analysis shows the importance of economic variables and highlight an interesting condition related to the population size in sanctuary cities in comparison to the existence of sanctuary cities and the number of sanctuary cities. The third study analyzes the effect of exogenous migration shocks on the measurements of poverty in Colombia. I find that poverty measurements are sensitive to the migration shock. Also the policies created from such measurements have a bias because the poverty measures were affected by the internal conflict in Colombia.