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Does migration lead to economic convergence in an enlarged European market?

Joanna Wolszczak-Derlacz ()

Bank i Kredyt, 2009, vol. 40, issue 4, 71-87

Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between migration and convergence for the enlarged internal market of the European Union (EU27) for the period 1990–2007. The impact of migration on growth is estimated in two ways: by including the migration rate in a growth regression and examining its impact on the convergence coefficient; and from the actual coefficient on migration, which can be interpreted as the effect of migration on long-term growth. While the first approach gives results in favour of the importance of migration on convergence even when human capital is controlled for, the results of the latter are not statistically significant.

Keywords: migration; economic growth; convergence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 O41 O47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
Note: I would like to thank two anonymous referees for valuable advice and suggestions. This paper has benefited from comments by participants of the Conference “Migration, Labour Market and Economic Growth in Europe after Enlargement”, organised by the National Bank of Poland on 8–9 December 2008.
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