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Immigration Policy, Self-selection, and the Quality of Immigrants

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  • Giorgio Bellettini
  • Carlotta Berti Ceroni

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This paper investigates the effects of immigration quotas on the average quality of immigrants by developing a human capital migration model where efficiency in migration depends on skills and emigration rates are higher among skilled workers. Studying the joint determination of the domestic level of wages and immigrants' self-selection, we find a negative relationship between the wage level and the percentage of educated workers among immigrants, which results in a nonstandard downward-sloping labor supply. In our framework, a higher quota increases the skill mix of immigrants through its negative effect on wages and raises aggregate national income. Copyright � 2007 The Authors; Journal compilation � 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Review of International Economics.

Volume (Year): 15 (2007)
Issue (Month): 5 (November)
Pages: 869-877

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Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:15:y:2007:i:5:p:869-877

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Cited by:
  1. Milo Bianchi, 2012. "Immigration Policy and Self-Selecting Migrants," Working Papers halshs-00670037, HAL.
  2. Paolo E. Giordani & Michele Ruta, 2012. "Self-Confirming Immigration Policy," CESifo Working Paper Series 3762, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Michael S. Rendall & Susan W. Parker, 2013. "Two Decades of Negative Educational Selectivity of Mexican Migrants to the United States," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1328, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  4. Milo Bianchi, 2008. "Immigration policy and self-selecting migrants," Working Papers halshs-00587710, HAL.

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