Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58967
Authors: 
Giulietti, Corrado
Wahba, Jackline
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6450
Abstract: 
This chapter reviews and discusses major theories and empirical studies about the welfare magnet hypothesis, i.e. whether immigrants are more likely to move to countries with generous welfare systems. Although economic theory predicts that welfare generosity affects the number, composition and location of immigrants, the empirical evidence is rather mixed. We offer possible explanations for the existence of such mixed evidence and highlight that the literature so far has overlooked the presence of different migration regimes, as well as the possibility of reverse causality between welfare spending and immigration.
Subjects: 
immigration
welfare spending
JEL: 
H53
J61
J68
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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