Welfare effects of illegal immigration
Discussion Paper Series from Department of Economics, University of Macedonia
This paper analyzes the welfare effect of illegal immigration on the host country within a dynamic general equilibrium framework and shows that it is positive for two reasons. First, immigrants are paid less than their marginal product and second, following an increase in immigration, domestic households find it optimal to increase their holdings of capital. It is also shown that dynamic inefficiency may arise, despite the fact that the model is of the Ramsey type. Nevertheless, the introduction of a minimum wage, which leads to job competition between domestic unskilled workers and immigrants reverses all of the above results.
Keywords: Economic Growth; Illegal Immigration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F2 O4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-lab and nep-mig
Date: 2007-12, Revised 2007-12
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