An introduction to the economics of immigration in OECD countries Academic Article uri icon

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  • AbstractThe 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.


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

publication date

  • November 2020