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Skilled Immigrants' Contribution to Productive Efficiency

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  • Nahm, Daehoon

    () (Macquarie University, Sydney)

  • Tani, Massimiliano

    () (University of New South Wales)

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This paper studies whether skilled migrants contribute to the host country's 'productive efficiency' (Farrell, 1957) using input-output and immigration sectoral data for seven industries in twelve countries during the period 1999-2001. We find that skilled migrants contribute positively to a country's productive efficiency with the exception of the finance sector. The results broadly support the adoption of skill-biased migration policies.

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  • Nahm, Daehoon & Tani, Massimiliano, 2014. "Skilled Immigrants' Contribution to Productive Efficiency," IZA Discussion Papers 8326, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    highly skilled migration; human capital; productive efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • F66 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Labor
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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