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Martin Ravallion (Georgetown University)

Published on April 10, 2020 Updated on April 23, 2020
Le 15 April 2020 De 17:30 à 18:30
Informations complémentaires :5.30 pm CET - on Zoom

Webinar: The Economics of Migration

A new on-line seminar (Zoom webinars) series on The Economics of Migration will be launched next week. This is a joint initiative of CERDI, PSE, LISER, the University of Luxembourg, Universidad Carlos III, CEPII, the IC Migrations, and the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Its objective is to propose an opportunity to migration scholars for exchanging under the current exceptional circumstances.

A Market for Work Permits

co-author: Michael Lokshin


It will be politically difficult to liberalize international migration without some form of protection for host-country workers. The paper explores the scope for efficiently managing migration and refugees using a competitive market for work permits. Host-county workers would be granted the legal option of renting out their implicit citizenship work permits for a period of their choice, while foreigners purchase time-bound work permits. The market is anonymous, with no need for personalized matchings of buyers with sellers. Aggregate labor supply need not change in the host country. However, total output would rise, and workers would see enhanced social protection. Simulations for the US and Mexico suggest that the new market would attract many skilled migrants, boosting GDP and reducing poverty in the US.

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