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A Note on the Redistributive Effect of Immigration


  • Rob Euwals

    () (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Hans Roodenburg

    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)


In this paper, we study gains and losses that accrue to natives because of immigration. The gain on the aggregated level is called the 'immigration surplus', which can be seen as analogous to a consumer surplus. We derive changes in the earnings of native owners of production factors by employing a stylized model with capital and two types of labour. We claim that the changes in earnings are larger than reported by previous studies, and we propose a new method to tally them up to the immigration surplus.

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  • Rob Euwals & Hans Roodenburg, 2003. "A Note on the Redistributive Effect of Immigration," CPB Memorandum 75, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpb:memodm:75

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    Cited by:

    1. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Sara Rica, 2013. "The immigration surplus and the substitutability of immigrant and native labor: evidence from Spain," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 44(2), pages 945-958, April.
    2. Euwals, Rob & Roodenburg, Hans, 2004. "A note on the redistributive effect of immigration," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 85(2), pages 241-246, November.

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    JEL classification:

    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers


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