An introduction to the economics of immigration in OECD countries

Anthony Edo, Lionel Ragot, Hillel Rapoport, Sulin Sardoschau, Andreas Steinmayr, Arthur Sweetman

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The share of the foreign-born population in member countries of the OECD is increasing, and this article summarizes economics research on the effects of immigration in those nations. Four broad topics are addressed: labour market issues, fiscal questions, the political economy of immigration, and productivity and international trade. Extreme concerns about deleterious labour market and fiscal impacts following from new immigrants are not found to be warranted. However, it is also clear that government policies and practices regarding the selection and integration of new migrants affect labour market, fiscal, social and cultural outcomes. Policies that are well informed, well crafted and well executed beneficially improve population welfare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1365-1403
Number of pages39
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

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In addition to standing alone as a survey, this article introduces the special issue of the on immigration in OECD countries. This essay builds in part on Edo et al. (2018). Hillel Rapoport acknowledges support from EUR grant ANR‐17‐EURE‐0001. Canadian Journal of Economics

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