Distributional effects of immigration and imperfect labour markets
Julian Costas-Fernandez () and
Simon Lodato ()
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Julian Costas-Fernandez: University College London
Simon Lodato: Middlesex University London
No 2301, CReAM Discussion Paper Series from Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London
We present evidence whereby immigration increases labour productivity while reducing the labour share, thus redistributing income from workers to employers. This result is unlikely in competitive markets with skill-neutral capital, where labour share is orthogonal to immigration shocks in the long run. Instead, our empirical evidence better matches predictions from imperfect labour market models where immigrant and native workers are heterogeneous in both skills and labour supply elasticities.
Keywords: Immigration; Productivity; Labour Share; Imperfect Labour Markets; FactorIncome Distribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D33 J21 J24 J42 J61 O47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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