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The Impact of Immigration on the Regional Growth in Spain

  • J. Ignacio Conde-Ruiz
  • Juan Ramón García
  • María Navarro

The aim of this paper is to compute, using an accounting exercise, the effect of immigrants over the three factors, which determine the income per capita (demographic factor, employment rate and productivity). We saw that immigration has had a positive effect over the two first, but negative over the productivity. Quantitative, for Spain, the immigration has had a neutral net effect over the per capita growth (0.05 points on annual average). However, at regional level we found important differences. Further, the total effect of immigration over the GDP growth rate is very positive. At national level we can say that more than 38% of the average annual growth rate can be assigned to immigrants. In this case the impact over the regional GDP has been very positive in all regions.

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Paper provided by FEDEA in its series Working Papers with number 2008-08.

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Date of creation: Feb 2008
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Handle: RePEc:fda:fdaddt:2008-08
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  1. George J. Borjas, 1995. "The Economic Benefits from Immigration," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 9(2), pages 3-22, Spring.
  2. Michele Boldrin & David K Levine, 2008. "Quality Ladders, Competition and Endogenous Growth," 2008 Meeting Papers 277, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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