Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/72560
Authors: 
Boubtane, Ekrame
Coulibaly, Dramane
Rault, Christophe
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4213
Abstract: 
This paper examines the causality relationship between immigration, unemployment and economic growth of the host country. We employ the panel Granger causality testing approach of Konya (2006) that is based on SUR systems and Wald tests with country specific bootstrap critical values. This approach allows to test for Granger-causality on each individual panel member separately by taking into account the contemporaneous correlation across countries. Using annual data over the 1980-2005 period for 22 OECD countries, we find that, only in Portugal, unemployment negatively causes immigration, while in any country, immigration does not cause unemployment. On the other hand, our results show that, in four countries (France, Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom), growth positively causes immigration, whereas in any country, immigration does not cause growth.
Subjects: 
immigration
growth
unemployment
Granger causality
JEL: 
E20
F22
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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