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It's in the Measure: How Policy Measures Affect State Immigrant Policy Research

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Recent actions by state legislatures---open carry on Texas campuses, restrictions placed on migrants in Arizona, and access to recreational marijuana in Colorado---have captivated the media and the public, and have been the focus of a new wave of scholarship in these state laboratories. One challenge to this scholarship is building a way to compare the outputs between state legislatures. Considerable variation exists in how bills are identified, coded, quantified, and are assigned a policy magnitude. These ambiguities lead to problems of inconsistent empirical conclusions caused by conceptual and operational decisions. In this paper I utilize immigration policy in the 50 states to develop a new, more reliable method for measuring policy. I demonstrate how inconsistencies in past measurements lead to inconsistent results, present a measurement theory that is based on conceptual differences in policies, and recommend that theoretical policy distinctions should inform our analytical strategies.
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Rivera, Michael. "It's in the Measure: How Policy Measures Affect State Immigrant Policy Research" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Philadelphia, PA, Sep 01, 2016 <Not Available>. 2017-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1126444_index.html>

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Rivera, M. , 2016-09-01 "It's in the Measure: How Policy Measures Affect State Immigrant Policy Research" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Philadelphia, PA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2017-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1126444_index.html

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Abstract: Recent actions by state legislatures---open carry on Texas campuses, restrictions placed on migrants in Arizona, and access to recreational marijuana in Colorado---have captivated the media and the public, and have been the focus of a new wave of scholarship in these state laboratories. One challenge to this scholarship is building a way to compare the outputs between state legislatures. Considerable variation exists in how bills are identified, coded, quantified, and are assigned a policy magnitude. These ambiguities lead to problems of inconsistent empirical conclusions caused by conceptual and operational decisions. In this paper I utilize immigration policy in the 50 states to develop a new, more reliable method for measuring policy. I demonstrate how inconsistencies in past measurements lead to inconsistent results, present a measurement theory that is based on conceptual differences in policies, and recommend that theoretical policy distinctions should inform our analytical strategies.


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