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Migration and Foreign Direct Investment in the Globalization Context: the Case of a Small Open Economy


  • Artjoms Ivlevs

    (CEDERS, Université de la Mediterranée Aix-Marseille II)


The main objective of the paper is to establish the link between the exogenous migration shocks and endogenous foreign direct investment flows in a small open economy setting with international capital mobility, immobile labour and a non-traded good. I find that the immigration of the high-skilled individuals and FDI flows are always complements in the quantity sense. The immigration of the low-skilled individuals will cause an outflow (inflow) of capital, if domestic non-traded and imported goods are relatively weak (strong) substitutes in consumption. Besides, I explain the attitudes of native individuals towards high-skilled and low-skilled immigrants.

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  • Artjoms Ivlevs, 2006. "Migration and Foreign Direct Investment in the Globalization Context: the Case of a Small Open Economy," Development Working Papers 209, Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano.
  • Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:209

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    1. Daniela Federici & Marilena Giannetti, 2010. "Temporary Migration and Foreign Direct Investment," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 21(2), pages 293-308, April.
    2. Xu, Xu & Sylwester, Kevin, 2016. "The effects of foreign direct investment on emigration: The roles of FDI source country, education, and gender," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 401-409.

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    international factor mobility; non-traded good; general equilibrium; imperfect import substitution (Armington assumption); direct democracy; EU enlargement;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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