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High Skilled Immigration Policy and Union Wage Setting

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This paper studies the effects of high skilled immigration on employment and net income in the host economy where the market for low skilled labor is distorted by union wage setting and a redistributive unemployment benefit scheme. I show that high skilled immigration can increase as well as decrease low skilled employment depending on how the public budget adjusts to immigration and that the effects on workers' net income levels may vary substantially. I conclude that a Pareto improvement can be achieved if the unemployment benefit level remains unaffected by high skilled immigration.

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  • Moritz Bonn, 2011. "High Skilled Immigration Policy and Union Wage Setting," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 147-11, Universität Siegen, Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsrecht, revised 27 Aug 2012.
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    Keywords

    Immigration; Imperfect Labor Markets; Fiscal Redistribution;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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