This course examines the theoretical and empirical models developed to study the economic impact of immigration. The course examines the various economic issues that have dominated the debate over immigration policy in the United States and other receiving countries. These issues include the changing contribution of immigrants to the country’s skill endowment; the rate of economic assimilation experienced by immigrants; the impact of immigrants on the employment opportunities of native-born workers; the extent to which immigrants “pay their way” in the welfare state; and the source and magnitude of the economic benefits generated by immigration. The course also examines the extent to which the economic impact of immigration persists across generations, and compares the consequences of the different immigration policies pursued by some of the largest immigrant-receiving countries.
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