The Labour Market Impact of Immigration

Posted: 17 Jan 2009

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Christian Dustmann

University College London; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Albrecht Glitz

Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Barcelona School of Economics; IPEG

Tommaso Frattini

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA); University of Milan - Department of Economics, Business and Statistics

Date Written: Autumn 2008

Abstract

In the first part of this paper, we present a stylized model of the labour market impact of immigration. We then discuss mechanisms through which an economy can adjust to immigration: changes in factor prices, output mix, and production technology. In the second part, we explain the problems of empirically estimating how immigration affects labour market outcomes of the resident population and review some strategies to address these. We then summarize some recent empirical studies for the UK and other countries. We conclude with an outlook on what we believe are important avenues for future research.

Keywords: migration, labour market impact, wage distribution, J24, J31, J61

Suggested Citation

Dustmann, Christian and Glitz, Albrecht and Frattini, Tommaso, The Labour Market Impact of Immigration (Autumn 2008). Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 478-495, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1327654 or http://dx.doi.org/grn024

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