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Migration and the Welfare State: Political-Economy Policy Formation by Assaf Razin, Efraim Sadka and Benjarong Suwankiri

Published By: Cambridge and London: MIT Press
ISBN: 978-0-262-01610-0
Date of Publication: 2011


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Reviewed by: Sharun W. Mukand of University of Warwick
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.3.791.r6
Review Pages: 804-06

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Sharun W. Mukand of University of Warwick reviews "Migration and the Welfare State: Political-Economy Policy Formation" by Assaf Razin, Efraim Sadka and Benjarong Suwankiri. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins: Explores the root causes of restrictions on migration in welfare states, focusing on how age- and skill-dependent restrictions are shaped by the political process. Discusses issues and scope; key implications of the generosity of the welfare state for the skill composition of migration; implications of the skill composition of migration for the generosity of the welfare state; joint determination of the generosity of the welfare state and migration; migration and intergenerational distribution policy; elements of strategic voting with multiple groups; migration and inter- and intragenerational distribution policy; whether the net fiscal burden is a good measure of the gains from migration; tax-transfer and migration policies—competition between host and source countries; and tax-transfer competition and coordination among host countries. Razin is Steven and Barbara Friedman Professor of International Economics at Cornell University and Emeritus Professor at Tel Aviv University. Sadka is Henry Kaufman Professor of International Capital Markets at Tel Aviv University. Suwankiri is an economist with TMB Bank, Bangkok. Index.


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JEL Classifications

H23: Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
H60: General
H73: Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
J11: Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
P16: Political Economy


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