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Immigration and Economic Welfare: Resource and Environmental Aspects

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  • Clarke, Harry R
  • Ng, Yew-Kwang

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The relation between immigration and the economic welfare of residents is analyzed for resource-rich economies (such as Australia) both under competitive conditions and when various distortions are present. Immigration provides efficiency gains for residents under distortion-free competition for standard 'gains from trade'reasons. Such reasons, however, tend to be ignored by immigration and 'optimal population'theorists who raise the issue of restricting immigration without explicitly referring to the distortions. In situations where distortions and externalities are present, the authors argue that it is generally preferable to devise policies that specifically target the distortions than to restrict immigration. Copyright 1993 by The Economic Society of Australia.

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  • Clarke, Harry R & Ng, Yew-Kwang, 1993. "Immigration and Economic Welfare: Resource and Environmental Aspects," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 69(206), pages 259-273, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:69:y:1993:i:206:p:259-73
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    1. Matthew W. Peter & George Verikios, 1996. "The Effect of Immigration on Residents' Incomes in Australia: Some Issues Reconsidered," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 29(2), pages 171-188.
    2. Yew-Kwang NG, 2016. "Extending Economic Analysis to Analyze Policy Issues More Broadly," Economic Growth Centre Working Paper Series 1609, Nanyang Technological University, School of Social Sciences, Economic Growth Centre.
    3. Asadul Islam & Dietrich K. Fausten, 2008. "Skilled Immigration and Wages in Australia," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 84(s1), pages 66-82, September.
    4. Peter E. Robertson, 2007. "Reflections on Australia’s Skilled Migration Policy," Discussion Papers 2007-22, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.
    5. Leiner, Nadine, 1995. "International migration in the presence of public goods," Discussion Papers, Series II 281, University of Konstanz, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 178 "Internationalization of the Economy".

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