Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110749
Authors: 
Cigagna, Claudia
Sulis, Giovanni
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9016
Abstract: 
Using data on migration flows for a sample of 15 OECD countries over the period 1980-2006, we analyse the effect of unemployment and labour institutions such as employment protection legislation, coverage of unemployment benefits, minimum wages, union power and tax wedge on migration flows. We allow for interactions of these institutions with migration entry laws, as both affect equilibrium wages and employment in destination countries, influencing mobility decisions of immigrants. We find strong and negative effects of unemployment, employment protection and migration policy on flows. The negative effect of migration policy on flows is larger in countries with high than in countries with low employment protection. We find positive effects for minimum wages, unemployment benefits and union power. We deal with potential endogeneity of the variables of interest and report heterogeneous effects depending on the group of countries of origin and destination.
Subjects: 
international migration flows
labour market institutions
migration policies
JEL: 
J61
J50
F22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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