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Skills, immigration and selective policies

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  • Stefano Bosi

    (THEMA - Théorie économique, modélisation et applications - UCP - Université de Cergy Pontoise - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Eleni Iliopulos

    () (EPEE - Centre d'Etudes des Politiques Economiques - UEVE - Université d'Évry-Val-d'Essonne)

  • Francesco Magris

    () (EPEE - Centre d'Etudes des Politiques Economiques - UEVE - Université d'Évry-Val-d'Essonne)

Abstract

This paper examines the decision process that leads destination countries to introduce selective immigration policies based on skill requirements. We show that in absence of policy implementation costs, destination countries' preferences are polarized between complete openness and complete closure; however, this result changes if we take into account for policy implementation costs. In presence of enforcement costs, selective immigration policies consist in positive quotas both for unskilled and skilled workers; this result realistically fits the current scenario. We also show that the resulting policy depends on the capital endowment of the median voter: the richer, the less restrictive the immigration policy.

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  • Stefano Bosi & Eleni Iliopulos & Francesco Magris, 2008. "Skills, immigration and selective policies," Post-Print hal-00628780, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00628780
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    1. Parent, Antoine & Rault, Christophe, 2004. "The Influences Affecting French Assets Abroad Prior to 1914," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 64(02), pages 328-362, June.
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    1. Bougheas, Spiros & Nelson, Doug, 2013. "On the political economy of high skilled migration and international trade," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 206-224.
    2. Giuseppe Russo, 2011. "Voting over selective immigration policies with immigration aversion," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 12(4), pages 325-351, December.

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