Russel Sage Foundation Grant: „Effects of Stop-and-Frisk Policing on the Educational Outcomes of Undocumented Youth.“


A joint project with Joscha Legewie (Project PI, Harvard), Amy Hsin (Co-PI, CUNY) and Linna Marten (Consultant, Uppsala University)


Synopsis: While the effects of immigration enforcement have been widely studied, relatively less attention has been paid to the effect of local police practices. Local policing practices may have more far-reaching effects, even in contexts of “immigrant-friendly” cities, because exposure to local police is more common than exposure to immigration raids. This project merges two unique administrative data sets to examine the effect of NYPD's stop-and-frisk (SQF) program and the college outcomes of undocumented youth. Under SQF, millions of NYC residents were stopped and briefly detained. This project will examine the effect SQF on the college performance of undocumented youth in NYC by merging over 5 million instances of SQFs over a 10-year period with data on college performance of students attending the City University of New York. This project will constitute the first large scale project to examine the causal link between aggressive policing and the educational outcomes of undocumented youth.



All documented police stops in New York City between 2003 and 2014 (yellow dots), City University of New York campuses (blue dots), and police stops in a one kilometer radius around campuses (red dots). Source: Author’s own graph based on NYPD and CUNY data.