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  • Electoral Responsiveness in Closed Autocracies: Evidence from Petitions in the former German Democratic Republic AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW Lueders, H. 2021
  • Towards a unified approach to research on democratic backsliding DEMOCRATIZATION Jee, H., Lueders, H., Myrick, R. 2021
  • Multiple Measurements, Elusive Agreement, and Unstable Outcomes in the Study of Regime Change JOURNAL OF POLITICS Lueders, H., Lust, E. 2018; 80 (2): 736–41

    View details for DOI 10.1086/696864

    View details for Web of Science ID 000429247100040

  • Conditions of civilian control in new democracies: an empirical analysis of 28 'third wave' democracies EUROPEAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW Kuehn, D., Croissant, A., Kamerling, J., Lueders, H., Strecker, A. 2017; 9 (3): 425-447
  • Providing driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants in California improves traffic safety PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Lueders, H., Hainmueller, J., Lawrence, D. 2017; 114 (16): 4111-4116


    The integration of immigrants presents a major challenge for policymakers in the United States. In an effort to improve integration, several US states recently have implemented laws that provide driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants. These new laws have sparked widespread debate, but we lack evidence on the traffic safety impact of these policies. We examine the short-term effects of the largest-scale policy shift, California's Assembly Bill 60 (AB60), under which more than 600,000 licenses were issued in the first year of implementation in 2015 alone. We find that, contrary to concerns voiced by opponents of the law, AB60 has had no discernible short-term effect on the number of accidents. The law primarily allowed existing unlicensed drivers to legalize their driving. We also find that, although AB60 had no effect on the rate of fatal accidents, it did decrease the rate of hit and run accidents, suggesting that the policy reduced fears of deportation and vehicle impoundment. Hit and run behaviors often delay emergency assistance, increase insurance premiums, and leave victims with significant out of pocket expenses. Overall, the results suggest that AB60 provides an example of how states can facilitate the integration of immigrants while creating positive externalities for the communities in which they live.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.1618991114

    View details for Web of Science ID 000399387400047

    View details for PubMedID 28373538