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Procreation, migration and tradable quotas

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  • DE LA CROIX, David
  • GOSSERIES, Axel

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First, we briefly discuss the very idea of tradable quotas, looking at a set of cases in which it has been proposed (but not implemented) outside the realm of pollution control and natural resources management. Next we study a proposal of tradable procreation quotas. We generalize Boulding’s 1964 idea and discuss a full scheme able to deal both with under and over procreation. We then look more specifically at three effects of the scheme on income inequalities: differential productivity effect, differential fertility effect and tradability effect. Finally, we consider the migration dimension and discuss two possible schemes: (1) a domestic scheme of tradable emigration quotas among skilled people, serving as a possible alternative to a Baghwati tax (with different properties); (2) a regional or global scheme of tradable immigration quotas of unskilled workers in rich countries, serving as a ?burden sharing? mechanism. Special attention is given to some conjectures regarding the impact on education and average income back in the (poor) countries of origin.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2006098.

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  1. Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Jesus & Rapoport, Hillel, 2011. "Tradable Immigration Quotas," Working Papers 2011-10, FEDEA.
  2. Thomas Baudin, 2011. "Family Policies: What Does the Standard Endogenous Fertility Model Tell Us?," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 13(4), pages 555-593, 08.
  3. Bertrand CRETTEZ, 2011. "Is Selling Immigration Rights Politically Sustainable ?," Discussion Papers (REL - Recherches Economiques de Louvain) 2011042, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  4. Cuong Le Van & Mathilde Maurel, 2006. "Education, corruption and growth in developing countries," Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques v06080, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).

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