Drew Keeling, 12 May 2008

Debates about immigration policy often assume that legal barriers are crucial to preventing massive influxes of immigrants. This column argues that, historically, most potential immigrants chose not to relocate, even when the cost of immigrating fell.

Giuseppe Bertola, 02 May 2008

There is significant public concern that globalisation heralds the deindustrialisation of rich economies. This column explains why offshoring and immigration are signs of economic vitality and manufacturing strength, not weakness. The key is to address distributional concerns so that all benefit from globalisation.

Gianmarco Ottaviano, Giovanni Peri, 17 April 2008

Immigration of less educated, younger Eastern Europeans and North Africans to Western Europe would economically benefit its educated and older population. This column, summarising research on immigration effects in Germany, suggests that, to fully reap the benefits from immigration, Western Europe should make its labour markets more competitive and accessible to outsiders (immigrants) and its welfare state more selective.

Gianmarco Ottaviano, Giovanni Peri, Francesco D'Amuri, 10 March 2008

Germany has the largest number of foreign individuals in Europe, and foreign workers represent around 10% of the total labour force. The authors of CEPR DP6736 measure the effects of the substantial immigration of the 1990s on the Western German labour market and find that it had no adverse effects on native wages and employment levels, but instead led to adverse effects on previous immigrants.

Samuel Bentolila, Juan Dolado, Juan F Jimeno, 12 January 2008

Spain’s inflation-less drop in unemployment is due in large part to its immigration boom. If immigrants’ labour-supply behaviour comes closer to that of natives and inflation remains above target, a deeper slowdown or increasing immigration flows will be needed to bring it down.

Samuel Bentolila, Juan Dolado, Juan F Jimeno, 18 December 2007

Over the period 1995-2006, Spanish unemployment decreased by almost 12 percentage points, from 22% to 8%, while inflation remained roughly constant at around 3 - 4%, resulting in a flatter Phillips curve than in any other euro area country. The authors of CEPR DP6604 argue that this favourable evolution is largely due to the impact of the huge rise in the immigration rate, from 1% of the population in 1995 to 9.3% in 2006, on the labour market.

Giovanni Peri, 20 November 2007

Research on US data shows that high immigration cities experienced higher wage and housing price growth. Immigration had a positive productivity effect on natives overall, but important distributional effects. Highly educated natives enjoyed the largest benefits while the less educated did not gain (but did not lose much either).

Juan Dolado, 29 June 2007

Spain’s new immigration policy is a step forward. An even better policy would be a system of temporary (three-year) work visas that were not tied to a specific job.



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