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Budget Incidence of Immigration into Switzerland: A Cross-Section Analysis of the Public Transfer System


  • Straubhaar, Thomas
  • Weber, René


The paper deals with the distributional effects of immigration into Switzerland. Focusing on the government budget, it explores empirically whether resident foreigners are a burden or a benefit to the Swiss public transfer system. The estimation is based on the 1990 Consumer Survey by the Swiss Statistical Office. It is shown that, in 1990, the presence of resident foreigners has not put additional strain on the public coffers. On the contrary, there was a favourable financial effect for the native population. A detailed analysis of this profitable transfer result shows the influence of: age, qualification of the household head, and the number of children in the household. Furthermore, the sample composition is an important determinant of this outcome.

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  • Straubhaar, Thomas & Weber, René, 1994. "Budget Incidence of Immigration into Switzerland: A Cross-Section Analysis of the Public Transfer System," CEPR Discussion Papers 934, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:934

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    Cited by:

    1. Golder, Stefan M. & Straubhaar, Thomas, 1999. "Empirical Findings on the Swiss Migration Experience," IZA Discussion Papers 40, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Leiner, Nadine, 1995. "International migration in the presence of public goods," Discussion Papers, Series II 281, University of Konstanz, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 178 "Internationalization of the Economy".

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    Budget Incidence; Immigration; Public Transfers;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General


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