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Reshaping the schooling system: The role of immigration

  • Dottori, Davide
  • Estevan, Fernanda
  • Shen, I-Ling

This paper studies how the schooling system may be impacted by the number and skill type of immigrants. When the number of low-skilled immigrants is large, the education regime tends to become segregated. Wealthy locals are more likely to choose private schools and vote for a lower tax rate to finance public education. In contrast, high-skilled immigrants tend to reinforce the public system. The optimal immigration policy is highly skill-biased. The admission of high-skilled immigrants expedites redistribution toward the less-skilled local households through both a stronger fiscal support for public education and a reduction in the skill wage premium.

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Volume (Year): 148 (2013)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 2124-2149

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