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What We Cannot Learn from the Irish Experience: A fundamental Asymmetry of Asymmetric Shocks

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A simple N-country specific-factor model with imperfectly mobile labour is developed. It is shown that effects of country-specific productivity shocks hitting a small country are fundamentally asymmetric. A positive shock will be accomodated by a moderate wage increase and sizable in-migration, whereas a negative shock will be accomodated by a significant decrease in wages and moderate out-migration. The effects of shocks in a monetary union are discussed, and it is argued that the results are consistent with the recent Irish experience. The welfare effects of small economics fluctuations are also discussed.

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  • Andersson, Fredrik & Forslid, Rikard, 2000. "What We Cannot Learn from the Irish Experience: A fundamental Asymmetry of Asymmetric Shocks," Research Papers in Economics 2000:10, Stockholm University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2000_0010
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    1. Barry, Frank, 2002. "FDI, Infrastructure and the Welfare Effects of Labour Migration," CEPR Discussion Papers 3380, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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    migration; assymmetric shocks;

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    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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