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Migrant Smuggling

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  • Tamura, Yuji

    (Department of Economics and IIIS, Trinity College Dublin)

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We analyze the migrant smuggling market where smugglers differ in their capacities to exploit their clients' labor in the destination. We show that when exploitation capacities are private information, the equilibrium may be characterized by adverse selection. In such a case, policies that diminish the availability of smuggling services to potential migrants inevitably raise the mean exploitation of smuggled labor.

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 791.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:791

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Keywords: migrant smuggling ; migrant exploitation;

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  1. Toman Omar Mahmoud & Christoph Trebesch, 2009. "The Economic Drivers of Human Trafficking: Micro-Evidence from Five Eastern European Countries," Kiel Working Papers 1480, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  2. Auriol, Emmanuelle & Mesnard, Alice, 2012. "Sale of Visas: A Smuggler's Final Song?," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 8965, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Omar Mahmoud, Toman, 2010. "Shocks, income diversification and welfare in developing and transition countries," Open Access Publications from Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) 59754, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  4. Omar Mahmoud, Toman & Trebesch, Christoph, 2010. "The economics of human trafficking and labour migration: Micro-evidence from Eastern Europe," Munich Reprints in Economics, University of Munich, Department of Economics 19321, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  5. Djajić, Slobodan & Vinogradova, Alexandra, 2013. "Undocumented migrants in debt," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 15-24.
  6. Djajić, Slobodan & Vinogradova, Alexandra, 2014. "Liquidity-constrained migrants," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 93(1), pages 210-224.

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