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Immigration and Economic Welfare: Resource and Environmental Aspects

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  • Clarke, Harry R
  • Ng, Yew-Kwang

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The relation between immigration and the economic welfare of residents is analyzed for resource-rich economies (such as Australia) both under competitive conditions and when various distortions are present. Immigration provides efficiency gains for residents under distortion-free competition for standard 'gains from trade'reasons. Such reasons, however, tend to be ignored by immigration and 'optimal population'theorists who raise the issue of restricting immigration without explicitly referring to the distortions. In situations where distortions and externalities are present, the authors argue that it is generally preferable to devise policies that specifically target the distortions than to restrict immigration. Copyright 1993 by The Economic Society of Australia.

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal The Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 69 (1993)
Issue (Month): 206 (September)
Pages: 259-73

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:69:y:1993:i:206:p:259-73

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  1. Asadul Islam & Dietrich K. Fausten, 2008. "Skilled Immigration and Wages in Australia," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 84(s1), pages S66-S82, 09.
  2. Peter E. Robertson, 2007. "Reflections on Australia’s Skilled Migration Policy," Discussion Papers, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales 2007-22, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.
  3. Matthew W. Peter & George Verikios, 1995. "The Effects of Immigration on Residents' Incomes in Australia: Some Issues Reconsidered," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers g-115, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.

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