Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82134
Authors: 
Koethenbuerger, Marko
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
EPRU Working Paper Series 2012-01
Abstract: 
The paper provides an equilibrium analysis of how countries compete for migrants. The type of competition (tax or transfer competition) depends on whether the competing countries have similar policy preferences. With symmetric preferences, countries compete in taxes for migrants. With asymmetric preferences, migration competition takes place in income support levels. The results are robust to the degree of mobility and to whether high-income or low-income households are mobile. The results are relevant, e.g., for federal policies that tackle inefficient migration competition and for evaluating whether a country may wish to adopt unilateral ‘migration-purchase’ policies.
Subjects: 
Migration
Redistribution
Income Taxation
Government Strategy
Endogenous Type of Competition
JEL: 
H7
J2
F2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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