Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 1189–1211 | Cite as

Migration, trade and wages

Original Paper


This paper analyses the impact of immigration on the UK labour market using the GNP function approach. We find that an increase in the number of unskilled immigrants reduces the wages of unskilled domestic workers, though the quantitative impact of this increase is small. No discernible impact of migration is found for skilled native workers. The results also suggest that unskilled immigrant workers and imports are substitutes in production, whilst skilled immigrant workers and imports are complements.


Immigration International trade Wage inequality 

JEL Classification

D33 F16 F22 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ELS/EAPOECDParis Cedex 16France
  2. 2.Leverhulme Centre for Research in Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP), School of EconomicsUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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