Immigration and the Distribution of Incomes

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Francine D. Blau

Cornell University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Lawrence M. Kahn

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: December 31, 2013

Abstract

Immigration may impact income distribution both by affecting the skill composition of a country’s residents, and, by changing relative factor supplies, its relative factor prices. We provide some background evidence on compositional factors but focus primarily on factor prices. We first consider the economic theory of the impact of immigration on factor prices and the research methodologies, including structural and natural experiment approaches, used to estimate the impact of immigration on the native income distribution. We then survey the evidence on this question for several countries, and conclude by examining the impact of emigration on income distribution in the source country.

Keywords: international migration, factor income distribution

JEL Classification: D330, J610

Suggested Citation

Blau, Francine D. and Kahn, Lawrence M., Immigration and the Distribution of Incomes (December 31, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4561. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2382520

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