Economic Research and Labour Immigration Policy

Posted: 17 Jan 2009

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Martin Ruhs

Migration Policy Centre (MPC), European University Institute (EUI)

Date Written: Autumn 2008

Abstract

The design of labour immigration policy requires nation states to make fundamental decisions on how to regulate: (i) the number of migrants to be admitted; (ii) the selection of migrants; and, (iii) the rights of migrants after admission. In practice, the debate over these three elements of immigration policy involves a wide range of economic, social, legal, moral, and political considerations. Recognizing the inherent inter-disciplinarity of the subject, this paper focuses on the implications of economic theories and research for regulating the number, selection, and rights of migrant workers in high-income countries. It examines the asymmetric economic interests of migrant-receiving and migrant-sending countries in the debate over the ‘optimal’ design of labour immigration policy and, in light of this analysis, provides a brief economic assessment of the core components of labour immigration policy in the UK.

Keywords: economic effects of migration, labour immigration policy, UK, J61, J68

Suggested Citation

Ruhs, Martin, Economic Research and Labour Immigration Policy (Autumn 2008). Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 404-427, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1327661 or http://dx.doi.org/grn034

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