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Illegal Migration, Enforcement and Minimum Wage

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  • Gil S. Epstein

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    (Bar-Ilan University, CReAM, London and IZA, Bonn)

  • Odelia Heizler

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    (Bar-Ilan University)

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This paper examines the connection between illegal migration, minimum wages and enforcement policy. We first explore the employers' decision regarding the employment of illegal migrants in the presence of an effective minimum wage. We show that the employers' decision depends on the wage gap between those of the legal and illegal workers and on the penalty for employing illegal workers. We consider the effects a change in the minimum wage has on the employment of illegal immigrants and local workers. We conclude by considering the optimal migration policy taking into consideration social welfare issues.

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Paper provided by Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London in its series CReAM Discussion Paper Series with number 0708.

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Date of creation: May 2007
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Handle: RePEc:crm:wpaper:0708

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Keywords: illegal immigration; migration policy; minimum wage; interest groups;

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Cited by:
  1. Gil S. Epstein & Odelia Heizler (Cohen), 2013. "Minimum wages and the creation of illegal migration," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 434-441.
  2. Katherine Cuff & Nicolas Marceau & Steeve Mongrain & Joanne Roberts, 2009. "Optimal Policies and the Informal Sector," Department of Economics Working Papers 2009-14, McMaster University.
  3. Theodore Palivos, 2007. "Welfare effects of illegal immigration," Discussion Paper Series 2007_01, Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, revised Dec 2007.
  4. Cuff, Katherine & Marceau, Nicolas & Mongrain, Steeve & Roberts, Joanne, 2011. "Optimal Policies with an Informal Sector," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(11), pages 1280-1291.

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