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How many refugees should the US admit?

M. Christian Lehmann ()
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M. Christian Lehmann: University of Brasilia, Department of Economics, Brazil

Economics Bulletin, 2019, vol. 39, issue 3, 2117-2121

Abstract: US refugee admissions reached a historical low in 2018, when the number of individuals seeking refuge from war and persecution is at a historical high. I show that the US is currently hosting too few refugees from the perspective of a utilitarian social planner. More generally, I illustrate the potential of Welfare Economics to inform the debate on how many refugees a country ought to admit.

Keywords: Civil Conflict; Refugees; Humanitarian Assistance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-09-30
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