Growth and welfare effects of world migration

Levine, Paul, Lotti, Emanuela, Pearlman, Joseph and Pierse, Richard (2010) Growth and welfare effects of world migration Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 57, (5), pp. 615-643. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9485.2010.00533.x).


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Using a two-bloc endogenous growth model calibrated to two generic sending and receiving countries of equal size, we assess the growth and welfare impact of world migration flows of different skill compositions. The sending country (East) has a lower total factor productivity and a lower endowment of skilled labour. Migration can induce two growth-enhancing effects: an efficiency effect from the more efficient use of labour in the receiving country (West) and a sectoral reallocation effect from a fall in the host country skilled–unskilled wage rates. Despite growth gains, there are both winners (migrants, the representative Western non-migrant household) and losers (the representative Eastern household remaining). Remittances can see the latter group joining the winners.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-9485.2010.00533.x
ISSNs: 0036-9292 (print)
ePrint ID: 174529
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November 2010Published
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 12:46
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 03:18
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