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Migration Regulation Contagion

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  • Herbert Brücker, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), University of Bamberg and IZA, Germany
  • Philipp J.H. Schröder

This paper examines the political economy of a selective immigration policy in a model with incomplete information on the characteristics of migrants. We address two questions: First, how does a selective immigration policy affect the number of immigrants which is admitted by the receiving country, and second, how does a selective immigration policy in one country affect immigration policies in other countries. We find (i) that countries with selective immigration policies ceteris paribus tend to admit more migrants than countries without such policies, and (ii) that neighboring countries will follow each other in implementing selective immigration policies. These theoretical findings are supported by evidence from an econometric panel analysis of immigration policies in 15 OECD countries in the period from 1980to 2005.

Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, Department of Economics
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9788778825186
ISBN (Electronic)9788778825193
Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Research areas

  • International migration; political economy of migration; skill-selective immigration policies

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