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Migration and the Welfare StatePolitical-Economy Policy Formation$
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Assaf Razin, Efraim Sadka, and Benjarong Suwankiri

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016100

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016100.001.0001

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Migration and Inter- and Intragenerational Distribution Policy

Migration and Inter- and Intragenerational Distribution Policy

(p.95) 7 Migration and Inter- and Intragenerational Distribution Policy
Migration and the Welfare State

Assaf Razin

Efraim Sadka

Benjarong Suwankiri

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on studying the joint determination of redistribution and migration policies. It states that the redistribution policy needs to consider inter- and intragenerational aspects, symbolizing a complete welfare state system, and employs a two-period, overlapping-generations model to conduct investigations. The chapter focuses on sincere and strategic voting processes to examine migration and inter- and intragenerational distribution policy, and investigates the process of strategic voting among native-born voters to establish strategic political coalitions. Sincere voting involves voters voting for preferred candidates without caring about the result. The chapter also creates a dynamic politico-economic model with three groups of voters: skilled workers, unskilled workers, and retired employees. The model reveals that skilled workers are net contributors, while unskilled workers and retired employees are net beneficiaries.

Keywords:   welfare state, sincere voting, strategic voting

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