Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/84824
Authors: 
Stark, Oded
Casarico, Alessandra
Devillanova, Carlo
Uebelmesser, Silke
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
ZEF Discussion Papers on Development Policy 157
Abstract: 
This paper identifies the migration policies that emerge when both the sending country and the receiving country wield power to set migration quotas, when controlling migration is costly, and when the decision how much human capital to acquire depends, among other things, on the migration policies. The paper analyzes the endogenous formation of bilateral agreements in the shape of transfers to support migration controls, and in the shape of joint arrangements regarding the migration policy and the cost-sharing of its implementation. The paper shows that in equilibrium both the sending country and the receiving country can participate in setting the migration policy, that bilateral agreements can arise as a welfare-improving mechanism, and that the sending country can gain from migration even when it does not set its preferred policy.
Subjects: 
Human capital formation
International migration
Migration policies
Welfare analysis
JEL: 
F22
I30
J24
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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