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CONF/POLS SEMINAR: Tyler Kustra (Harvard University)08-02-2019

CONF/POLS SEMINAR

 

Sanctioning the Homeland: Diasporas’ Influence on American Economic Sanctions Policy

 

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TYLER KUSTRA

(Harvard University)

 

MARCH 7, 2019   10:00 - 11:30

FASS 2034

Abstract: How do diasporas affect sanctions policy towards their former homelands? This paper finds that a one-percentage-point increase in the size of a country's diaspora in states that are swing states in the U.S. presidential election increases the probability that the American government imposes sanctions on their former homeland by 11 percentage points. Using the size of a diasporas in swing states as an instrumental variable for the presence of sanctions shows that sanctions are ineffective at one of their key goals: causing regime change.