The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
| Editors: Macmillan Publishers Ltd

International Migration

  • George J. Borjas
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95189-5_1214

Abstract

The resurgence of large-scale immigration in many countries has stimulated a great deal of research on many aspects of the economics of immigration. A key insight of economic theory is that the impact of immigration depends on how the skills of immigrants compare with those of natives in the host country. This article examines the ideas and models that are typically used to analyse flows of persons across countries, and illustrates how this framework increased our understanding of the determinants of the direction, size, and skill composition of immigrant flows, and of the consequences of those flows on economic outcomes.

Keywords

Elasticity of complementarity Elasticity of substitution Immigrant self-selection Immigrant skills Immigration and the welfare state Immigration surplus International migration Labour flows Labour markets Migration costs National Academy of Sciences (US) Redistribution of income Roy model Social insurance 

JEL Classifications

J10 
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