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Does coordination of immigration policies among destination countries increase immigration?

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  • Claus Aastrup Jensen
  • Nikolaj Malchow-Møller
  • Jan Rose Skaksen

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We set up a theoretical model to analyze the implications of coordination of immigration policies among destination countries. The model contains two types of spillovers between destination countries: a terms-of-trade externality and a welfare-policy externality. We show that while coordination unambiguously increases welfare of the destination countries, the effects on the level of immigration and on the income distribution of natives are ambiguous. Thus, coordination among destination countries does not necessarily solve the global coordination problem of inoptimally low levels of migration.

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  • Claus Aastrup Jensen & Nikolaj Malchow-Møller & Jan Rose Skaksen, 2010. "Does coordination of immigration policies among destination countries increase immigration?," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(3), pages 357-384.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jitecd:v:19:y:2010:i:3:p:357-384
    DOI: 10.1080/09638199.2010.499687
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    1. David de la Croix & Frederic Docquier, 2015. "An Incentive Mechanism to Break the Low-skill Immigration Deadlock," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 18(3), pages 593-618, July.
    2. Slobodan Djajic & Michael S. Michael, 2009. "Temporary Migration Policies and Welfare of the Host and Source Countries: A Game-Theoretic Approach," CESifo Working Paper Series 2811, CESifo Group Munich.

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    Keywords

    coordination; externalities; immigration policy; spillovers; terms of trade; welfare;

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    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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