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Do Immigrants Rob Jobs? A Case Study Of Australia

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  • Hsiao-chuan Chang
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    This paper constructs a dynamic theoretical model and calibrates the model with the Australian data. The simulations provide new findings which demonstrate that skilled immigrants are not ‘job robbers’ but unskilled immigrants have the potential to become such. The result that immigrants are not job robbers is due to there having been a much larger number of skilled immigrants than the unskilled immigrants in Australia during the past twelve years, 1990-2002. The immigration policy adopted by the Australian government, which targets skilled immigrants, leads the economy to the direction of growth.

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    Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 883.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: 2003
    Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:883
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