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Welfare magnet hypothesis, fiscal burden and immigration skill selectivity

Welfare magnet hypothesis, fiscal burden and immigration skill selectivity
Welfare magnet hypothesis, fiscal burden and immigration skill selectivity
In this paper, we investigate the effect of welfare state generosity on the difference between skilled and unskilled migration rates, and the role of mobility restriction in shaping this effect. We utilize the free labor movement within the European Union plus Norway and Switzerland (EUR) and the restricted movement from outside the EUR in order to compare the free-migration regime to the restricted-migration regime. We find strong support for the magnet hypothesis under the free-migration regime, and the fiscal burden hypothesis under the restricted-migration regime, even after controlling for differences in educational quality and returns to skills in source and host countries.
369-402
Razin, Assaf
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Wahba, Jackline
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Razin, Assaf
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Wahba, Jackline
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Razin, Assaf and Wahba, Jackline (2015) Welfare magnet hypothesis, fiscal burden and immigration skill selectivity. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117 (2), 369-402. (doi:10.1111/sjoe.12092).

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In this paper, we investigate the effect of welfare state generosity on the difference between skilled and unskilled migration rates, and the role of mobility restriction in shaping this effect. We utilize the free labor movement within the European Union plus Norway and Switzerland (EUR) and the restricted movement from outside the EUR in order to compare the free-migration regime to the restricted-migration regime. We find strong support for the magnet hypothesis under the free-migration regime, and the fiscal burden hypothesis under the restricted-migration regime, even after controlling for differences in educational quality and returns to skills in source and host countries.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 11 November 2014
Published date: 1 April 2015
Organisations: Economics

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Local EPrints ID: 209517
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/209517
PURE UUID: 853f3cd0-e471-4558-85ea-3993cabd9f21
ORCID for Jackline Wahba: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0002-3443

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Date deposited: 01 Feb 2012 11:23
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:58

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