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Free Movement, Open Borders, and the Global Gains from Labor Mobility

Dustmann, C; Preston, I; (2019) Free Movement, Open Borders, and the Global Gains from Labor Mobility. Annual Review of Economics , 11 pp. 783-808. 10.1146/annurev-economics-080218-025843.

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Abstract

Straightforward economic arguments point to the potential for large global output gains from the movement of labor from less to more productive locations. Yet the politics of receiving countries seems resistant, characterized rather by efforts to limit migration or to stop it altogether. In this article we examine the foundations of claims of large welfare gains through free mobility, studying implications of liberalizing migration for world welfare under a variety of models, paying attention not only to overall gains but also to how gains are distributed and reviewing attempts to quantify the benefits. We conclude by asking how far considerations beyond economics motivate keenness to impose restrictions on migration.

Type: Article
Title: Free Movement, Open Borders, and the Global Gains from Labor Mobility
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-economics-080218-025843
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-economics-080218-0...
Language: English
Keywords: migration, labor mobility, open borders, global gains, JEL F16, JEL F22, JEL F66, JEL J61, JEL O24
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10074291
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