Skilled Immigrants' Contribution to Productive Efficiency

30 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2014

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Daehoon Nahm

Macquarie University - Department of Economics; Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School

Massimiliano Tani

University of New South Wales - Australian Defence Force Academy; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This paper studies whether skilled migrants contribute to the host country's 'productive efficiency' (Farrell, 1957) using input-output and immigration sectoral data for seven industries in twelve countries during the period 1999-2001. We find that skilled migrants contribute positively to a country's productive efficiency with the exception of the finance sector. The results broadly support the adoption of skill-biased migration policies.

Keywords: highly skilled migration, human capital, productive efficiency

JEL Classification: D24, F2, F66, J6, J24

Suggested Citation

Nahm, Daehoon and Tani, Massimiliano, Skilled Immigrants' Contribution to Productive Efficiency. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8326, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2468502

Daehoon Nahm (Contact Author)

Macquarie University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School ( email )

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Massimiliano Tani

University of New South Wales - Australian Defence Force Academy ( email )

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