Macroeconomic Impacts of Canadian Immigration: Results from a Macro-Model
Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto
York University - Atkinson School of Administrative Studies
University of Toronto - Department of Economics
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6743
We use a macro-econometric forecasting model to simulate the impact on the Canadian economy of a hypothetical increase in immigration. Our simulations generally yield positive impacts on such factors as real GDP and GDP per capita, aggregate demand, investment, productivity, and government expenditures, taxes and especially net government balances, with essentially no impact on unemployment. This is generally buttressed by conclusions reached in the existing literature. Our analysis suggests that concern should be with respect to immigrants themselves as they are having an increasingly difficult time assimilating into the Canadian labour market, and new immigrants are increasingly falling into poverty.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: macroeconomic impact, immigration, FOCUS Model, Canada
JEL Classification: J15, E17, J18working papers series
Date posted: July 28, 2012
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