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Illegal Immigration, Unemployment, and Multiple Destinations

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  • Kaz Miyagiwa

    () (Department of Economics, Florida International University)

  • Yasuhiro Sato

    () (University of Tokyo)

Abstract

We develop a multi-country model of illegal immigration with equilibrium unemployment. Two geographic cases are considered. One has two destinations adjacent to the source country while the other has just one destination country adjacent to it. In both cases, the equilibrium border control proves insufficient compared with the joint optimum, calling for enforcement by federal authorities. Absent such authorities, delegating border control to the country with a larger native labor force can improve each destination country¡¯s welfare. In contrast, the equilibrium internal enforcement policy is efficient, obviating enforcement by supranational authorities.

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  • Kaz Miyagiwa & Yasuhiro Sato, 2018. "Illegal Immigration, Unemployment, and Multiple Destinations," Working Papers 1804, Florida International University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    illegal immigration; immigration policy competition; equilibrium unemployment; multiple destinations; job search;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • F66 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Labor
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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