An Introduction to the Economics of Immigration in OECD Countries

35 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2020

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Anthony Edo

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Lionel Ragot

University of Lille I

Hillel Rapoport

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Sulin Sardoschau

Humboldt University - Department of Economics

Andreas Steinmayr

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy

Arthur Sweetman

McMaster University - Department of Economics; McMaster University - Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

The share of the foreign-born in OECD countries is increasing, and this article summarizes economics research on the effects of immigration in those nations. Four broad topics are addressed: labor market issues, fiscal questions, the political economy of immigration, and productivity/international trade. Extreme concerns about deleterious labour market and fiscal impacts following from new immigrants are not found to be warranted. However, it is also clear that government policies and practices regarding the selection and integration of new migrants affect labour market, fiscal and social/cultural outcomes. Policies that are well informed, well crafted, and well executed beneficially improve population welfare.

Keywords: immigration, labor market and fiscal effects of immigration, integration, diversity and productivity, trade and migration, political economy of immigration, refugees

JEL Classification: F22, J15, J61

Suggested Citation

Edo, Anthony and Ragot, Lionel and Rapoport, Hillel and Sardoschau, Sulin and Steinmayr, Andreas and Sweetman, Arthur, An Introduction to the Economics of Immigration in OECD Countries. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13755, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3704138 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3704138

Anthony Edo (Contact Author)

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Lionel Ragot

University of Lille I ( email )

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Hillel Rapoport

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

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Sulin Sardoschau

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Andreas Steinmayr

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy ( email )

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Arthur Sweetman

McMaster University - Department of Economics ( email )

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