Welfare magnet hypothesis, fiscal burden and immigration skill selectivity

Razin, Assaf and Wahba, Jackline (2015) Welfare magnet hypothesis, fiscal burden and immigration skill selectivity. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics


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This paper revisits the magnet hypothesis and investigates the impact of the welfare generosity on the difference between skilled and unskilled migration rates. The main purpose of the paper is to assess the role of mobility restriction on shaping the effect of the welfare state genrosity. In a free migration regime, the impact is expected to be negative on the skill composition of migrants while in a restricted mobility regime, the impact will be the opposite, as voters will prefer selective migration policies, favoring skilled migrants who tend to be net contributors to the fiscal system. We utilize the free labor movement within EUR (the EU, Norway and Switzerland) and the restricted movement from outside of the EUR to compare the free migration

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 209517
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Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2012 11:23
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:49
Centre for Population Change: Understanding Population Change in the 21st Century
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-625-28-0001)
Led by: Jane Cecelia Falkingham
1 January 2009 to 31 December 2013
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/209517

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