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Like migration itself, economic research on migration seems to come in waves. The large scale of current global migration, and the sometimes quite ugly politics associated with immigration, have produced just such a wave of research. Theoretical and empirical research on migration, in particular, occurs across the social sciences, with particularly large bodies in economics, demography/sociology and political science. Within economics, the study of migration falls between trade and labour economics, with sizable bodies of both theoretical and econometric work. To limit the field of coverage and maintain consistency with the other chapters in the volume, we will focus on a set of questions framed by standard trade theoretic models and the empirical research that bears on those questions. As with the bulk of the recent literature, we pay particular attention to how migration impacts labour market outcomes. The popular perception that these outcomes may be adverse for native workers constitutes an important ingredient in the political economy of immigration.

This chapter is dramatically shorter than the working paper version, which contains substantially more analytical detail and references. The working paper version can be downloaded from the Bond University Globalisation and Development Centre’s web page. The authors are grateful to Rod Falvey and two anonymous referees for detailed comments and advice.

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Gaston, N., Nelson, D. (2013). International Migration. In: Bernhofen, D., Falvey, R., Greenaway, D., Kreickemeier, U. (eds) Palgrave Handbook of International Trade. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-230-30531-1_21

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