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Illegal Immigration: The Host-Country Problem

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This theoretical treatment, motivated by U.S. debate, of host policy toward illegal immigration, develops a simple equilibrium model with border interdiction. The model casts doubt on standard econometric approaches, and identifies three key policy problems likely to emerge.These motivate a search for additional tools, and internal enforcement(employer sanctions as in proposed U.S. reforms) is considered. The paper presents a detailed analysis of how a combination of interdictionand internal enforcement can deal with the problem. Copyright 1986 by American Economic Association.

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  • Ethier, Wilfred J, 1986. "Illegal Immigration: The Host-Country Problem," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 76(1), pages 56-71, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:76:y:1986:i:1:p:56-71
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