Minimum wages and the creation of illegal migration

Gil S. Epstein, Odelia Heizler

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In this paper, we explore employers' decisions regarding the employment of legal and illegal immigrants in the presence of endogenous adjustment cost, minimum wages and an enforcement budget. We show that increasing the employment of legal foreign workers will increase the number of illegal immigrants which will replace the employment of the local population and thus creating illegal migration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-441
Number of pages8
JournalEconomics Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


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