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Immigration and Unemployment of Skilled and Unskilled Labor


  • Yabuuchi, Shigemi

    () (Nagoya City University)


This paper discusses the problem of unemployment in developed countries that faces international labor movement. There are two types of unemployment. The first traditional type of unemployment exists simply because the common wage rate is fixed and higher than the equilibrium level. The second one may exist when the wage rate in one sector is high and fixed, while that in the other is flexible. On the other hand, an extensive movement of labor among countries has been observed. Thus, this paper investigates the effects of immigration and other policies on the two types of unemployment.

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  • Yabuuchi, Shigemi, 2008. "Immigration and Unemployment of Skilled and Unskilled Labor," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 23, pages 331-345.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0436

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    Unemployment; Skilled labor; Unskilled labor; Immigration;

    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population


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