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The welfare magnet hypothesis and the welfare take-up of migrants

Corrado Giulietti ()

IZA World of Labor, 2014, No 37, 37

Abstract: Contrary to the welfare magnet hypothesis, empirical evidence suggests that immigration decisions are not made on the basis of the relative generosity of the receiving nation’s social benefits. Even when immigrants are found to use welfare more intensively than natives, the gap is mostly attributable to differences in social and demographic characteristics between immigrants and non-immigrants rather than to immigration status per se. Moreover, evidence in some countries suggests that immigrants exhibit less welfare dependency than natives, despite facing a higher risk of poverty.

Keywords: welfare benefits; immigration; labor mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H53 J61 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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