The struggle over migration policy

Gil S. Epstein, Shmuel Nitzan

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We analyze the endogenous determination of migration quota, viewing it as an outcome of a two-stage political struggle between two interest groups: those in favor and those against the proposed migration quota. First, we compare the proposed policies of the two interest groups under random behavior of the government, with and without lobbying. We examine the effect of the status quo and government intervention in the proposal of the quota on its nature, assuming that, with and without government intervention, the uncertain approval of the proposal is the outcome of a lobbying contest between the two interest groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-723
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006


  • Government intervention
  • Interest groups
  • Migration quota


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