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Après nous le Déluge: Fertility and the Intensity of Struggle against Immigration

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  • Leonid Azarnert

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    (Department of Economics, Bar Ilan University)

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This paper is inspired by a puzzling empirical fact that despite the importance of controlling migration for their future, the host countries allocate very limited amounts of resources to the struggle against illegal immigration. The present model analyzes this issue in the context of low fertility in the host countries and suggests a novel channel though which the intensity of the struggle against immigration can be related to fertility. The analysis shows that for childless individuals, who have no reason to care about the future, it is optimal to contribute less to the costly immigration-prevention measures.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University in its series Working Papers with number 2009-15.

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Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Keywords: immigration; border enforcing; low fertility;

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  2. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2009. "Inter-Ethnic Redistribution and Human Capital Investments," Working Papers 2009-01, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
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  4. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2008. "Foreign Aid, Fertility and Human Capital Accumulation," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 75(300), pages 766-781, November.
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  7. Leonid Azarnert, 2006. "Child mortality, fertility, and human capital accumulation," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 19(2), pages 285-297, June.
  8. Alessandro Cigno, 2005. "A constitutional theory of the family," CHILD Working Papers wp14_05, CHILD - Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic economics - ITALY.
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Cited by:
  1. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2010. "Immigration, Fertility, and Human Capital: A Model of Economic Decline of the West," CESifo Working Paper Series 3025, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Azarnert, Leonid V., 2010. "Is skilled immigration always good for growth in the receiving economy?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 108(2), pages 116-118, August.

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