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The unemployment impact of immigration in OECD countries

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  • Sébastien Jean

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    (Economie Publique, INRA)

  • Miguel Jiménez

    (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria)

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This paper assesses the consequences of immigration for natives’ unemployment in OECD countries and investigates the role played by product and labour market policies in the adjustment of the economy to immigration inflows. The estimations, combining a skill-level and an aggregate approach using data for males, cover eighteen OECD countries over the period 1984-2003. While no significant long-run impact is found in any case, we find that immigration may have a temporary impact on natives’ unemployment, depending upon the policy framework. In particular, a temporary increase in unemployment may be observed in a context of stringent anti-competitive product market regulation, or of high replacement rates of unemployment benefits.

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Paper provided by Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France in its series Working Papers with number 38888.

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Length: 241-256
Date of creation: 2011
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Publication status: Published in European Journal of Political Economy
Handle: RePEc:inr:wpaper:38888

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Keywords: IMMIGRATION; REGULATION DU MARCHE DES PRODUITS; POLITIQUES DU MARCHE DU TRAVAIL; UNEMPLOYMENT; PRODUCT MARKET REGULATION; LABOUR MARKET POLICY ; chômage; organisation du travail; politique publique;

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