Economic Impacts of Immigration: A Survey

48 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2008 Last revised: 3 Feb 2011

Sari Pekkala Kerr

Charles River Associates (CRA)

William R. Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Date Written: February 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper surveys recent empirical studies on the economic impacts of immigration. The survey first examines the magnitude of immigration as an economic phenomenon in various host countries. The second part deals with the assimilation of immigrant workers into host-country labor markets and concomitant effects for natives. The paper then turns to immigration’s impact for the public finances of host countries. The final section considers emerging topics in the study of immigration. The survey particularly emphasizes the recent experiences of Northern Europe and Scandinavia and relevant lessons from traditional destination countries like the US.

Keywords: immigration, assimilation, employment, unemployment, earnings, social bene.ts, welfare, labor market outcomes, public sector.

JEL Classification: H53, J23, J31, J61, J68.

Suggested Citation

Pekkala Kerr, Sari and Kerr, William R., Economic Impacts of Immigration: A Survey (February 1, 2010). Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 09-013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1228902 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1228902

Sari Pekkala Kerr

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William R. Kerr (Contact Author)

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