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Skills, Immigration and Selective Policies

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  • Stefano Bosi

    (EPEE, University of Evry)

  • Eleni Iliopulos

    (University of Pavia and EPEE, University of Evry)

  • Francesco Magris

    (EPEE, University of Evry)

Abstract

This paper examines the decision process that leads destination countries to introduce selective immigration policies based on skill requirements. We show that in absence of policy implementation costs, destination countries’ preferences are polarized between complete openness and complete closure; however, this result changes if we take into account for policy implementation costs. In presence of enforcement costs, selective immigration policies consist in positive quotas both for unskilled and skilled workers; this result realistically fits the current scenario. We also show that the resulting policy depends on the capital endowment of the median voter: the richer, the less restrictive the immigration policy.

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Paper provided by Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne in its series Documents de recherche with number 06-03.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:eve:wpaper:06-03

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  1. Parent, Antoine & Rault, Christophe, 2004. "The Influences Affecting French Assets Abroad Prior to 1914," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 64(02), pages 328-362, June.
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Cited by:
  1. Giuseppe Russo, 2008. "Voting over Selective Immigration Policies with Immigration Aversion," EERI Research Paper Series EERI_RP_2008_14, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.

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