Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73824
Authors: 
Heid, Benedikt
Larch, Mario
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Ifo Working Paper 115
Abstract: 
A source of anxiety of policy makers and the public in general is the detrimental impactof globalization and immigration on unemployment. The transitory restrictions forworker migration after the EU enlargements of 2004 and 2007 exemplify the supposednegative effect of immigration on labor markets. This paper aims to identify the effectsof immigration alongside trade on unemployment taking into account the substitutabilityof worker and goods flows. We use data from 24 OECD countries over the periodfrom 1997 to 2007 and employ instrumental variables fixed effects and dynamic panelestimators in order to account for unobserved heterogeneity as well as the potentialendogeneity of migration flows and the high persistence of unemployment. We find asignificant negative effect of immigration on unemployment on average.
Subjects: 
Migration
unemployment
international trade
fixed effects instrumental variable panel estimators
dynamic panel estimators
JEL: 
F22
F16
C23
C26
F15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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