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On the Potential Interaction Between Labour Market Institutions and Immigration Policies

Claudia Cigagna () and Giovanni Sulis ()
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Claudia Cigagna: University of Cagliari

No 9016, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Using data on migration flows for a sample of 15 OECD countries over the period 1980-2006, we analyse the effect of unemployment and labour institutions such as employment protection legislation, coverage of unemployment benefits, minimum wages, union power and tax wedge on migration flows. We allow for interactions of these institutions with migration entry laws, as both affect equilibrium wages and employment in destination countries, influencing mobility decisions of immigrants. We find strong and negative effects of unemployment, employment protection and migration policy on flows. The negative effect of migration policy on flows is larger in countries with high than in countries with low employment protection. We find positive effects for minimum wages, unemployment benefits and union power. We deal with potential endogeneity of the variables of interest and report heterogeneous effects depending on the group of countries of origin and destination.

Keywords: international migration flows; labour market institutions; migration policies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 J50 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2015-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab and nep-mig
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Published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2015, 36(4), 441 - 468

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