Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/27937
Authors: 
Steinrücken, Torsten
Jaenichen, Sebastian
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Diskussionspapier // Technische Universität Ilmenau, Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre 41
Abstract: 
The paper investigates the potential impact of foreigners on economic development. Historic examples, various contemporary empirical observations and theory support the working thesis that regions which face a high quota of foreign residents may benefit from human capital spillovers between different ethnic groups. It is argued that immigration brings about both a more effective division of labour and mutual learning and leads thereby to higher per-capita-income. We apply these findings to the current economic sickliness of East-Germany and conclude that in this region a more committed immigration policy may prove to be an particularly appropriate remedy.
JEL: 
J24
J61
O15
O18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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