Job Market Paper:

Local Immigration Enforcement and Domestic Violence

Every third woman in the U.S. experiences violence from an intimate partner during her lifetime. Many never seek help. Immigrants, especially if undocumented, are less likely to seek help than non-immigrants. The increase in immigration enforcement through local police force may exacerbate this problem by increasing a victim’s fear of deportation. I estimate the effect of local immigration enforcement on domestic violence victims’ help-seeking behavior. I use a fixed effects model, a generalized synthetic control method and novel administrative data on the use of services for domestic violence victims in North Carolina. In North Carolina, a large fraction of individuals of Hispanic origin are either undocumented immigrants or are connected to undocumented immigrants. I use Hispanic origin as a proxy for immigration status, lack of documentation and connections to undocumented immigrants. Local immigration enforcement significantly reduces Hispanics’ service use. It does not affect service use by African Americans or Whites, two predominantly US-born groups. This suggests that the decrease in service use is directly related to immigration status and not driven by a general effect on minorities. Using intimate partner homicide as a measure of intimate partner violence, I explore if the reduction in service use reflects a reduction in intimate partner violence. I do not find any robust evidence that local immigration enforcement affects intimate partner homicides of Hispanic women.

Working papers:

Refugee Student Integration and Native Students’ Academic Performance: Evidence from Germany 

This study investigates the effect of integrating refugee students in elementary schools on the academic performance of native students. Using administrative data from Germany, I exploit the variation in refugee student presence and concentration within schools to account for endogenous sorting of refugees into schools. I find that refugee students go to schools where native students’ performance is lower. Exposure to refugee students significantly reduces mandatory grade retention of native fourth graders but has no effect on third graders. Effects on the percentage of students who receive a recommendation for the higher secondary track are very small and statistically insignificant.

Work in progress:

How Do Police Officers Respond to Immigration Enforcement? Evidence from 20 Million Traffic Stops

Immigration Enforcement, Workplace Complaints and Workplace Injuries, with Matthew Johnson

Work, Power and Well-Being within Families, with Marjorie McElroy

Selected publications:

Sarrel P, Portman D, Lefebvre P, Lafeuille M, Grittner AM, Fortier J, Gravel J, Duh MS, Aupperle PM. Incremental direct and indirect costs of untreated vasomotor symptoms. Menopause. Mar 2015; 22(3)

Lafeuille M, Grittner AM, Fortier J, Muser E, Fastenau J, Duh MS, Lefebvre P. Comparison of re-hospitalization, emergency room visits, and hospital costs among patients with schizophrenia receiving paliperidone palmitate or oral antipsychotics in an inpatient setting. American Journal of Health System Pharmacy. Mar 2015; 72(5)

Lafeuille M, Grittner AM, Gravel J, Bailey RA, Martin S, Garber L, Duh MS, Lefebvre P. Economic simulation of canagliflozin and sitagliptin treatment outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus with inadequate glycemic control. Journal of Medical Economics. Feb 2015; 18(2)

Lafeuille MH, Grittner AM, Lefebvre P, Ellis L, McKenzie RS, Slaton T, Kozma C. Adherence patterns for abiraterone acetate and concomitant prednisone use in patients with prostate cancer. Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. May 2014; 20(5)

Lafeuille M, Grittner AM, Lefebvre P, Ellis L, McKenzie RS. Real-world corticosteroid utilization in prostate cancer patients treated with two new oral agents. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Feb 2014; 32(4 Suppl)

Lafeuille M, Grittner AM, Gravel J, Bailey RA, Martin S, Garber L, Duh MS, Lefebvre P. Quality measure attainment in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The American Journal of Managed Care. Jan 2014; 20
(1 Suppl)

Grittner AM. Results-based financing: Evidence from performance-based financing in the health sector. Discussion Paper 6/2013. German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut fuer Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). Bonn, Germany.