Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
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Immigration Law

  • Thomas EgerEmail author
  • Franziska Weber
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_531


In this article we provide some insights into relevant law and economics research on immigration laws and policies. After discussing some typical motives of migrants, we deal with the most important welfare effects of immigration and their distribution, and try to understand why nation states regulate immigration more restrictively than the mobility of goods and capital. We refer to the example of the free movement of EU citizens. Lastly, we present some economic insights into asylum law.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law, Institute of Law and EconomicsUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany