Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/142525
Authors: 
Russo, Giuseppe
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
EERI Research Paper Series 14/2008
Abstract: 
The claim that "skilled immigration is welcome" is often associated to the increasing adoption of selective immigration policies. I study the voting over differentiated immigration policies in a two-country, three-factor one-period model where there exist skilled and unskilled workers, migration decisions are endogenous, enforcing immigration restriction is costly, and natives dislike unskilled immigration. According to my findings, decisions over border closure are made to protect the median voter when her capital endowment is sufficiently small. Therefore I argue that the professed favour for skilled immigration veils the protection for the insiders. This result is confirmed by the observation that entry is rationed for both skilled and unskilled workers. Moreover, immigration aversion helps to explain the existence of entry barriers for unskilled workers in countries where the majority of voters is skilled.
Subjects: 
Selective immigration policies
multidimensional voting
Condorcet winner
JEL: 
D72
F22
J18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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