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Migration, effort, and voter sentiment towards temporary migration

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  • Alessandra Venturini

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  • Gil S. Epstein

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The sentiments felt by capital owners and local workers and consumers towards migrants may improve when temporary migration policies are adopted. The observed level of exertion of effort by migrants, which decreases during their duration in the host country, positively affects production, real wages and capital owners' profits. We show that the acceptance of job offers by migrants results in the displacement in employment of national workers by immigrants, but it increases the exertion of effort by workers, reduces prices, and acts as a counterweight to anti-immigrant voter attitudes.

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Paper provided by CHILD - Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic economics - ITALY in its series CHILD Working Papers with number wp18_06.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:wpc:wplist:wp18_06

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