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Discrimination and Resistance to Low Skilled Immigration


  • Kemnitz, Alexander


This paper shows that the immigration of some low skilled workers can be of advantage for the low skilled natives when the host economy suffers from unemployment due to trade unions and an unemployment insurance scheme. This benefit arises if trade unions have appropriate bargaining power and preferences for members' income, labor market discrimination against immigrants is strong enough and the unemployment tax rate is low.

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  • Kemnitz, Alexander, 2004. "Discrimination and Resistance to Low Skilled Immigration," Discussion Papers 615, Institut fuer Volkswirtschaftslehre und Statistik, Abteilung fuer Volkswirtschaftslehre.
  • Handle: RePEc:mnh:vpaper:996

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    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J5 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination


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