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Does immigration boost per capita income?

  • Felbermayr, Gabriel
  • Hiller, Sanne
  • Sala, Davide

Using a cross-section of countries, we adapt Frankel and Romer’s (1999) IV strategy to international labor mobility. Controlling for institutional quality, trade, and financial openness, we establish a robust and non-negative causal effect of immigration on real per capita income.

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Paper provided by University of Munich, Department of Economics in its series Munich Reprints in Economics with number 20582.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Publication status: Published in Economics Letters 2 107(2010): pp. 177-179
Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:20582
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