Category Archives: lump of labour fallacy

The true effect of migration: growth, higher wages, lower taxes

Closing borders does NOT reduce migration: Closing borders, as also shown in a report by the UK Home Office, would have the effect of diminishing circular EU migration. EU migrants, now able to go to another country, go back to their country of … Continue reading

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Legalisation of migrants increases income of native workers

Economists Andri Chassamboulli and Giovanni Peri have found that: “increasing deportation rates and tightening border control weakens low-skilled labor markets, increasing unemployment of native low-skilled workers. Legalization, instead, decreases the unemployment rate of low-skilled natives and increases income per native.” … Continue reading

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Economic Benefits of Open Borders

Here is a must-read article by Philippe Legrain on the New York Times. A few key points: When borders are open, migration is circular rather than permanent, as shown by the relatively low levels of migration from Eastern Europe when … Continue reading

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The lump of labour fallacy

The lump of labour fallacy rests on the (flawed) assumption that the number of jobs is fixed. This is not so as Jonathan Portes explains: “The period of high immigration that began in the late 1990s actually coincided with historically … Continue reading

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Migration & the economy

Migrants contribute £25bn to UK economy: Migrants are net contributors: Migration raises income (US focus): Migrants do not ‘steal’ jobs (lump of labour fallacy): Reflections on growth and immigration: Compilation of research:

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