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The Impact of Migration on Productivity and Native-Born Workers' Training

Francesco Campo (), Giuseppe Forte () and Jonathan Portes ()
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Francesco Campo: University of Milan Bicocca
Giuseppe Forte: King's College London

No 11833, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We investigate the relationship between migration and productivity in the UK, using an instrumental variable along the lines suggested by Bianchi, Buonanno and Pinotti (2012). Our results suggest that immigration has a positive and significant impact (in both the statistical sense and more broadly) on productivity, as measured at a geographical level; this appears to be driven by higher-skilled workers. The results for training are less clear, but suggest that higher-skilled immigration may have a positive impact on the training of native workers. We discuss the implications for post-Brexit immigration policy.

Keywords: immigration; productivity; training; Great Britain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 J24 J61 M53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eff, nep-int, nep-lab, nep-mac, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2018-09
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