The Economic Case for Immigration

3 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2005

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Diane Coyle

Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge


Immigration into the UK has increased in response to high labour demand in the recent past. This additional supply of labour has helped keep interest rates lower, and growth higher, than they might have been otherwise. The longer-term impact of higher immigration may be an increase in trend productivity growth. Although the evidence on such long-term economic effects is incomplete, there is no reason to believe market principles or fundamental freedoms are any less relevant when it comes to flows of people rather than goods or capital.

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Coyle, Diane, The Economic Case for Immigration. Available at SSRN:

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