Empirical Findings on the Swiss Migration Experience

33 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2000

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Thomas Straubhaar

University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Helmut Schmidt Universität; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Stefan M. Golder

University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Helmut Schmidt Universität

Date Written: April 1999

Abstract

Switzerland has experienced a substantial influx of immigrants over the last 50 years after World War II, which has led Switzerland to have among the highest share of foreigners in population among all OECD countries. This paper analyzes the migration experience of Switzerland. The analysis centers around two main issues: the economic effects of migration and the labor market performance of immigrants. Two main results emerge from our study. First, as a result of the shortcomings of the Swiss migration policy, immigrants tend to have a negative impact on the Swiss economy. Second, the analysis of the labor market performance shows that there are substantial discrepancies in the performance between immigrants from different countries of origin. Immigrants from Northern European countries largely outperform immigrants from Southern European and Non-European countries. On the basis of the empirical analysis, this study finally outlines some reform options for the Swiss migration policy.

JEL Classification: D33, F22, J24, J31, J61

Suggested Citation

Straubhaar, Thomas and Golder, Stefan M., Empirical Findings on the Swiss Migration Experience (April 1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=166566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.166566

Thomas Straubhaar (Contact Author)

University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Helmut Schmidt Universität ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Stefan M. Golder

University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Helmut Schmidt Universität

Holstenhofweg 85
Hamburg, 22008
Germany

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