Macroeconomics of Migration in New Member States

Author/Editor:

Rudolfs Bems ; Philip Schellekens

Publication Date:

December 1, 2008

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Summary:

This paper examines the macroeconomic impact of migration on income convergence in the EU's New Member States (NMS). The paper focuses on cross-border mobility of labor and examines the implications for policymakers with the help of a general equilibrium model. It finds that cross-border labor mobility provides ample benefits in terms of faster and smoother convergence. Challenges, however, include containing wage pressures and better mobilizing and utilizing resident labor that does not cross borders.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/264

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451871227/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008264

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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