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Immigration: High Skilled vs. Low Skilled Labor?

  • Chiswick, Barry R.

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    (George Washington University)

This policy analysis paper explores the implications for the host country population of alternative immigration policies. The two immigration options considered are a policy based on admitting primarily high-skilled workers and another that has the effect of admitting primarily low-skilled workers. The implications for the native-born population for their aggregate level of income, the distribution of their income by skill level, and the size of the income redistribution system are considered. The paper was prepared for the Productivity Commission of Australia.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Policy Papers with number 28.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Publication status: published in: Productivity Commission 2011, A 'Sustainable' Population? - Key Policy Issues, Roundtable Proceedings, Productivity Commission, Canberra, 27-40
Handle: RePEc:iza:izapps:pp28
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  1. Chong Xiang, 2005. "New Goods and the Relative Demand for Skilled Labor," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 87(2), pages 285-298, May.
  2. Acemoglu, D., 1997. "Why Do New Technologies Complement Skills? Directed Technical Change and Wage Inequality," Working papers 97-14, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
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