Immigration and Skill Formation in Unionized Labor Markets

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 214

21 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 1998

See all articles by Clemens Fuest

Clemens Fuest

ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich; Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich; Center for Economic Studies (CES)

Marcel P. Thum

Dresden University of Technology - Faculty of Economics and Business Management; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute; Institute for Corruption Studies

Date Written: December 1999

Abstract

This paper analyses the impact of immigration on the welfare of the native population in an economy that consists of skilled and unskilled workers. Due to unionisation, the wage rate in the market for unskilled labour is above the competitive level. For a given skill endowment of the native population, we show that immigration reduces the welfare of the host country up to a certain threshold and then increases it with further immigration. For the case of endogenous skill formation, an increase in expected immigration raises the number of skilled individuals in the native population. If the government can credibly commit itself to a certain immigration policy, skill formation of the native population will adjust, so that immigration maybe strictly welfare increasing.

Keywords: Immigration policy, trade unions, occupational choice

JEL Classification: J24, J5, J61

Suggested Citation

Fuest, Clemens and Thum, Marcel, Immigration and Skill Formation in Unionized Labor Markets (December 1999). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 214. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=114996

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