The Labour Market Impact of Immigration
Posted: 17 Jan 2009
Date Written: Autumn 2008
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
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