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Can Immigrant Employment Alleviate the Demographic Burden? The Role of Union Centralization

  • Kemnitz, Alexander

This paper investigates the effect of labor immigration on public pensions when wage setting by a centralized trade union leads to unemployment. It is shown that immigration improves the financial soundness of pay-as-you-go pensions if and only if it diminishes total employment. This occurs if the absolute value of the elasticity of labor demand exceeds the unemployment rate.

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Paper provided by Institut fuer Volkswirtschaftslehre und Statistik, Abteilung fuer Volkswirtschaftslehre in its series Discussion Papers with number 616.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:mnh:vpaper:1586
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