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Title:Migration, the quality of the labour force and economic inequality PDF Logo
Authors:Kahanec, Martin
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 781
Abstract:Mobility of workers involves flows of labour, human capital and other production factors and thus contributes to a more efficient allocation of resources. Besides these effects on allocative efficiency, migrant flows affect relative wages and also change the international and national distribution of skills and thereby equality in the receiving society. This paper suggests that skilled immigration promotes economic equality in advanced economies under standard conditions. The context is theoretically explained in a core model and empirically documented using unique data from the WIID database and OECD.
Subjects:Inequality
income distribution
human capital
skill allocation
migration
ethnicity
minority
Gini-coefficient
JEL:D33
E25
F22
J15
J61
O15
Document Type:Working Paper
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