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An economic analysis of remittance of unskilled migration on skilled–unskilled wage inequality in labor host region


  • Li, Xiaochun
  • Zhou, Yu


The present paper establishes a two-sector general equilibrium model and conduct the comparative static approach to investigate the impact exerted by an increase in the remittance rate of the unskilled migrants on the skilled–unskilled wage inequality in the labor host region. We find that the unskilled migrants increase their remittance rate to the labor outsourcing regions that will decrease the skilled–unskilled wage inequality in the labor host region.

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  • Li, Xiaochun & Zhou, Yu, 2013. "An economic analysis of remittance of unskilled migration on skilled–unskilled wage inequality in labor host region," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 428-432.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:33:y:2013:i:c:p:428-432 DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2013.04.034

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    Unskilled migrants; Remittance; Skilled–unskilled wage inequality; Labor host region;

    JEL classification:

    • J - Labor and Demographic Economics
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population


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