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Title:International migration, ethnicity and economic inequality PDF Logo
Authors:Kahanec, Martin
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3450
Abstract:While the allocative efficiency of mobility is typically considered to be positive but small in the long run, the induced changes in equality may be considerable in size. In practice, however, migrants typically improve their income position in comparison to those at home, stimulate the economic situation of the sending countries through remittances and rise the economic performance of natives and of capital in the host country through complementarities. The chapter suggests that at least skilled immigration promotes economic equality in the host country under standard conditions. The context is empirically documented und theoretically explained in a core model. Also, immigrant assimilation and selection is discussed, as is the role of ethnicity and ethnic identity for relative economic performance.
Subjects:Inequality
income distribution
migration
ethnicity
minority
assimilation
integration
ethnosizing
Gini-coefficient
JEL:D33
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2008042170
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des DIW
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