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Migration and the Welfare State: Political-Economy Policy Formation

Assaf Razin, Efraim Sadka, and Benjarong Suwankiri


Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman once noted that free immigration cannot coexist with a welfare state. A welfare state with open borders might turn into a haven for poor immigrants, which would place such a fiscal burden on the state that native-born voters would support less-generous benefits or restricted immigration, or both. And yet, a welfare state with an aging population might welcome young, skilled immigrants. The preferences of the native-born population toward migration depend on the skill and age composition of the immigrants, and migration policies in a political-economy fr ... More

Keywords: welfare state, skilled immigrants, international economics, public economics, political economics, EU-15 states, intragenerational, intergenerational, skilled–unskilled conflicts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016100
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Assaf Razin, author

Efraim Sadka, author

Benjarong Suwankiri, author